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The functional asymmetry of infants. What sort of risk factor is important and is there any coherence or combination to the regulatory disorder? An osteopathic case control study

12/12/2019

Author: Christine Bloß
Supervisor: Dr. med. Albrecht Hendrich

Introduction: Symmetry was already considered in the ancient world as beauty and health. There also have been several treatment approaches for asymmetric children. The asymmetry in the head, neck and trunk area has been deficiently analysed so far regarding its origin and implications.

Leading questions, hypothesis: Which risk factors are existing regarding the accruement on asymmetric infants and is  asymmetry leading to more regulatory disorders? Hypothesis: The more risk factors - the stronger the asymmetry – the more vegetative dysfunctions can be observed.  

Objective: Aim of the study is based on a comparison of group of asymmetric infants versus a group of symmetric infants and shall lead to the result concerning the following question. Main question hereby: Do asymmetric infants show more risk factors and do they have more vegetative dysfunctions than symmetric infants?

Methods: Retrospective and prospective data have been collected by the use of a questionnaire and an examination check-up of the infants.   The 54 examined infants have been scored in three charts and could have been compared as follows: The risk factor score contains data about the risk factors in development – the vital score contains data about the vegetative adaptive situation of the infant and the asymmetric score contains data about the level of asymmetry. The given points have been selected/chosen for the grade of asymmetry.  

Results: The higher the grade of infant asymmetry, the more risk factors are existing and the more pronounced the vegetative dysbalance can be seen. A high body weight of an undersized infant means high vegetative disorder and a lot of risk factors which indicate a high level of asymmetry. A low body weight and a tall body of the infant as well as a high asymmetry indicate a high level of vegetative dysbalance.

Conclusion: Primary prevention is almost impossible - but a secondary prevention is possible due to an early treatment by getting rid of the asymmetry. The resulting positive development possibilities and a vegetative adaption of the infant due to secondary prevention treatments are shown.

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