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Torticollis is a condition in which there is an abnormal change in the posture of the head and neck, causing the head and neck to twist. This is because of a shortening of the sternocleidomastoid muscle in the neck, which causes the head to lean toward the shortened muscle and the chin to rotate to the side opposite from the shorter muscle. As a result of these two changes, the person’s profile will appear to have a double chin.

Does Torticollis Affect the Spine?

Absolutely. Due to the fact that the SCM muscle is connected to the spine as well as the skull and the collarbones, torticollis can induce spinal misalignments. In addition to this, they have the ability to displace the upper cervical vertebra.

This is something that won’t change until precise corrective adjustments are made to the situation. Torticollis can cause developmental delays if it is not treated properly because it limits the baby’s head control and range of motion if it is allowed to go untreated. This, in turn, will impact their capacity to fulfill developmental milestones, including sitting up without support, crawling, or self-feeding. If these developmental milestones are missed, it can result in muscle imbalances as well as a loss of motor coordination.

How Does a Chiropractor Treat Torticollis?

Torticollis can also be treated with the use of chiropractic adjustments in some cases. Torticollis is typically treated with soft tissue therapy, diversified manipulative therapy, instrument adjustment, and exercise prescription from chiropractors. These are the techniques that are utilized the most frequently.

There are numerous case studies of rehabilitative medicine and congenital torticollis on infants that describe the successful treatment of congenital muscle torticollis and cervical dystonia utilizing chiropractic care. These papers are on infants. Improvements in the patient’s posture and a decrease in the amount of spinal distortion were observed after chiropractic treatment was administered to a patient who suffered from cervical dystonia in one case report.

Congenital Torticollis

A patient diagnosed with congenital torticollis responded favorably to chiropractic treatment, which also yielded favorable outcomes for the patient. The goal of chiropractic treatment for congenital torticollis is to alleviate some of the symptoms of the condition by freeing the cranial bones and the rest of the body from any limitations that may be limiting their range of motion. Therefore, chiropractic treatment can be utilized effectively for the treatment of torticollis in both adults and infants.

Sessions Required

Torticollis is a common neck condition that can be healed in three or four chiropractic appointments. Patients who receive regular chiropractic therapy can reduce their risk of acquiring diseases similar to it.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Torticollis?

Adjustments used in pediatric chiropractic care are very gentle and adapted to the patient’s unique body structure. Adjusting newborns requires very little effort on your part. The return of movement to the cervical spine can facilitate the muscles’ return, on their own, to a state of relaxation. Because chiropractic care does not involve incisions, it is an attractive alternative to surgical procedures.

Final Thoughts

Please contact our chiropractic office as soon as possible to book a consultation if you or anyone you know is suffering from torticollis, also known as a twisted neck. You will also be able to locate the contact information for each of our offices. Find relief by diagnosing, treating, and curing this ailment.

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“My goal is to find the root cause of your pain and help you live the pain-free life you deserve”
– Dr. Brayan Dalton, UAE  


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