Physical Therapy for Children With Torticollis:
October 15th, 2014
Torticollis is a clinical condition characterized by tightening of the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle on one side of the neck, resulting in the tilting of a child’s head to one side. It can occur due to abnormal positioning of the baby within the uterus or due to injury to the SCM muscle. It may also be associated with other conditions affecting the skull, neck and spine. Over time, torticollis can result in permanent shortening of the muscles and may require surgery, so it is best to treat this condition as quickly as possible.
The condition is usually diagnosed in the first 3 months after the birth of the baby, and treatment should be initiated as quickly as possible.
Gentle stretching exercises and manual techniques are used to gradually increase the length of the muscle fibers. Such treatment techniques reduce pain, increase movement, improve posture and prevent the deterioration of this condition.
A well-known form of exercise for children with torticollis is called ‘tummy time’. The child is encouraged to spend more time on its tummy. This promotes core strength and helps stretch the muscles in the neck.
Suffering from Torticollis? Contact us for an assessment