Stimulated by the ongoing study and lecturing of Dr. Joseph Flesia of Renaissance International, the condition of Traumatic Birth Syndrome or TBS was identified and brought to the Chiropractic profession in the late 1990's in an effort to bring greater public awareness to this potentially serious health threat.
What is Traumatic Birth Syndrome?
TBS is a condition in which the spine is injured during or shortly after the delivery process resulting in nerve system damage or interference. In clinical Chiropractic terminology, TBS includes any birth injury causing the Vertebral Subluxation Complex or spinal injuries. It is typically found in the infant's neck and occasionally in the mid and lower back. Occurrences of this disorder are found when:
· The head, neck, or any other part of the spine and pelvis of the infant have been pulled and twisted during the birth process
· The birth process is prolonged
· The delivery process is difficult
· Extraction aids are used during delivery (i.e. forceps, vacuum, etc.)
· The child is delivered by Caesarian section
For TBS to be present there must be damage to the spinal column and local nerve system. Injuries resulting in TBS may go unnoticed during the trauma of the delivery process. TBS may be painless in about 95-97% of infants and adults. The patient, therefore, cannot rely on pain as a sign of the condition. An examination by a Chiropractor is the only way to determine the presence and severity of TBS.
Three possible affects of TBS:
1. Spinal damage during the delivery process may result in post traumatic spinal arthritis, a weakened spine and other spinal disorders.
2. Nerve system damage during the delivery process can plague the infant throughout its life in the form of malfunctioning internal organs, adverse affects to the muscles and coordination, and damage to the vital systems of the body such as the immune system.
3. Illnesses that may threaten the life of the infant, child and adult, in addition to limiting the capacity to live.
There is much controversy about where to place the responsibility for occurrences of TBS. There is significant evidence that hospital aided deliveries may result in a high incidence of TBS. Take a look at these statistics from hospital aided deliveries:
· 10-12% of infant deaths are due to, what Chiropractors term, the Vertebral Subluxation Complex
· 80-84% of children were the victims of, what Chiropractors term, TBS with the resultant Vertebral Subluxation Complex
· 7 out of 8 new born infant cadavers examined by a well known neuropathologist from Harvard Medical School died from spinal injury with nervous system damage, what Chiropractors term, TBS with the resultant Vertebral Subluxation Complex
· "In a recent comparison, the United States ranks 12th out of 13 countries based on 16 available health indicators." - Journal of the American Medical Association. This article states:
The US ranked:
· 13th (last) for low birth weight percentages
· 13th for neonatal mortality and infant mortality overall
· 11th for post-neonatal mortality
These disappointing statistics suggest a heightened likelihood of unexpected complications in hospital deliveries in the
A better, alternative solution
When there is a greater respect for the life of the infant, the danger of the injury of TBS may be significantly reduced.
The Wellness generation seeks alternative measures such as home deliveries and a less traumatic approach to childbirth. Many Chiropractors see tens of thousands of infants and children on a regular Wellness basis to keep these children as healthy as possible, creating healthier adults.
One common fallacy is that a baby feels nothing at the time of birth. Watch as a newborn infant takes the first breath, the questing eyes, arm and hand movements … clearly, the infant feels every bit of what is going on. That is why it is so important to consider alternative methods of delivery such as midwife-aided deliveries, at home, with the proper medical help close by in case of emergency.
This is an important decision that parents alone must make with as much information as possible. For information on midwife aided home deliveries go to the internet and search Pennsylvania home birth midwifes.
Benefits of a professional, licensed Chiropractor
It is a good idea to have a Chiropractor present at the birth process to examine your child for TBS and immediately attend to it should it occur.
Chiropractors have a great respect for the natural birthing process, and are the stand-by professional of choice at the time of birth to help eliminate TBS caused Vertebral Subluxation Complex as soon as it happens and to monitor the child throughout maturity.
Chiropractic care of the mother before and during pregnancy is a mainstay to good health and the best possible delivery. Chiropractic Wellness care has become an integral part of health and Wellness for millions of patients.
Traditionally, many Chiropractors dedicate much of their clinical care to the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Hence, over the years, Chiropractors have become the prime doctor in the healing arts for millions of Vertebral Subluxation Complex patients.
Test your own child at home
Remember it is always best to have your child examined by a professional licensed Chiropractor to determine the presence of The Traumatic Birth Syndrome.
Try these simple non-intrusive home assessments to determine if your child suffers from Traumatic Birth Syndrome resulting in long term Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Adults may perform these examinations on each other, as well.
1. Have your child stand with their back to you, with equal weight on both feet - observe the alignment of the spine … is it relatively straight, or are there curves to the right or left in the neck, between the shoulders, or in the lower back?
2. Look at the head. Is it tilted to the left or right?
3. Observe the shoulders. Is one higher than the other - even slightly?
4. Look at the top of the hipbones - is one higher than the other? Draw a straight line across the top of the shoulders. If the shoulders are high on one side the line will tilt up in that direction and down toward the other shoulder.
5. Do the same with the hips. If either of the lines is higher on one side, the illustration will clearly show possible evidence of uncorrected TBS.
6. Have your child stand with their back to you, equal weight on both feet. Use moderate pressure and press each of the "knobs" of the spine (the spinouses processes). Are any tender?
7. Feel the muscles on either side of the spine. Are they tight or "ropey?"
8. Gently rub your fingertips across the muscles of the spine from either side of the neck to the lower back. Muscle tightness or spasm will feel like ropes, cords or knots in the muscles.
9. Shade the areas of tight muscles in the illustration. The shaded areas might also be indicators of uncorrected TBS.
10. Have the child lay on their back as straight as they can, legs together. Check the length of the legs by comparing the position of the inside anklebones. Is one leg shorter than the other?
11. Draw a line across the ankles in illustration #4 to show which leg is shorter than the other.
These signs may be indicators of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex, as the result of uncorrected TBS. Parents should take these indications seriously. It simply makes good sense to check your children and yourself for uncorrected TBS.
Make an appointment at Mills Chiropractic Center for an evaluation of your infant, your children and yourselves to determine the location, chronicity and severity of this condition, and the extent your spine and health may have degenerated. We have cared for hundreds of children and adults with TBS.
Chiropractors are the only health care professionals specifically trained to locate and correct the Vertebral Subluxation Complex and help you prevent it from occurring in the future.
Don't become a negative disease statistic. Seek corrective care as early as possible. Not all Chiropractors deal with this problem. When locating a Chiropractor for this condition, ask friends or family for a recommendation.