Once the baby’s head and neck are shifted out of the correct position, this Structural Shift can put pressure on the Brainstem and Nerves in the upper neck. This is problematic because the Brainstem is the control center for things like:

  • Sucking Reflex
  • Vision and Eye Movement
  • Tongue Control
  • Muscle Development and Muscle Tone
  • Rooting Reflex
  • Sleep Patterning (Circadian Rhythms)
  • Alertness Regulation
  • Breathing
  • Blood Pressure
  • Digestion
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Many Other Automatic Functions

If you would like to understand how so many functions are effected by Brainstem Pressure, take a look at the Vagus Nerve (Cranial Nerve 10). Here is a picture of the Vagus Nerve.

Notice how the Vagus Nerve starts up in the Brainstem (right between the Medulla Oblongata and the Pons) and travels down through the neck to many of the major organs in the body. So if there is an issue at the very beginning of the Vagus nerve (at the Brainstem), the organs on the other end of the nerve will be effected, just like if you put a kink in the very beginning of a hose, the garden growing at the other end will suffer from the alteration in water flow. This is an example of just one of the many nerves that can be impacted by Brainstem Pressure.

Once the Structural Shift of the head and neck has caused Brainstem Pressure, many Secondary Conditions can then develop in a baby, since so many functions in the body are directly controlled by the Brainstem. These can include:

  • Breastfeeding Problems
    • Latching Difficulty
    • Sucking Difficulty
    • Can Nurse On One Side But Not The Other
    • Arching Back/Popping Off
  • Colic
  • Torticollis
  • Sleep Problems
  • Acid Reflux (GERD)
  • Bowel Movement Issues (Gas or Constipation)
  • Recurrent Ear Infections
  • Abnormally Shaped Head
  • Strabismus (Cross Eyed)
  • Inability To Turn Head
  • Failure To Thrive

In some babies, the Secondary Conditions do not show up clinically for years or even decades. This is because the beginning of the Brainstem Pressure was “subclinical,” or not producing symptoms. Once that Structural Shift and Brainstem Pressure stay for years, the effects become cumulative, meaning every year, the Structural Shift causes further structural breakdown and the Brainstem Pressure causes more dysfunction until it gets bad enough to where the adolescent or adult one day begins to notice it and seek help for the presenting Secondary Conditions since they crossed the threshold from “subclinical” to “clinical.” The picture below shows what a child will stand like with a Structural Shift.

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