OMT Minute  |   November 2017
Condylar Decompression Technique for Infants
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  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: This video was produced by Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, 1310 Club Dr, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592-1187. E-mail: stacey.piercetalsma@tu.edu
     
Article Information
Pediatrics
OMT Minute   |   November 2017
Condylar Decompression Technique for Infants
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2017, Vol. 117, e136. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.139
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2017, Vol. 117, e136. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.139
Osteopathic manipulative treatment may be safely and easily applied to the pediatric population, including infants. In the video, we review the condylar decompression technique, a common technique that may be of benefit when treating an infant. 
Condylar decompression is the release of the occipital condyles at the base of the skull. In a newborn and infant the condyle is in 2 parts and is surrounded by cartilage. Distortions of these parts along with numerous muscular, ligamentous, or fascial connections near this area may cause compression or irritation of the hypoglossal nerve as it exits the hypoglossal canal. 
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