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Heart Rate Changes in Response to Mild Mechanical Irritation of the High Cervical Spinal Cord Region in Infants

Monday, 03 November 2008 18:41

Alterations in the heart rate were monitored before, during and after the application of a unilateral mechanical impulse to the high cervical spinal cord region which was administered strictly in connection with the so called manual therapy (diagnosis= KISS). The investigation is based on a survey of 695 infants between the ages of 1 and 12 months.

A notable change in the heart rate was evident in 47.2% of all examined infants (n= 695). In 40.1%of these infants, the change in heart rate was characterized by heart rate decrease of 15-83% compared to control conditions. Infants in their first 3 months of life responded more often with a severe bradycardia (50-83%decrease), older infants (7-12 months) more often with a mild bradycardia (15-49.9% decrease).

This comparison revealed a significantly increased occurrence of severe bradycardia in the younger age group compared to the group of children >3 months (significance 0.0017). In 12.1% (n= 84) of the infants, the bradycardia was accompanied by an apnea. We discuss the hypothesis that mechanical irritation of the high-cervical region serves as a trigger that may be involved in sudden infant death (SID).