Torticollis is a condition that occurs when the muscle that runs up and towards the back of the neck becomes tight, weakened or thickened, causing the head to tilt. This disease that affects infants is generally diagnosed within the first 2 months of their life. However, there have been exceptions where torticollis was diagnosed in adults as well.
Types of torticollis
There are 5 basic forms of torticollis:
The role of physiotherapy
Regardless of the patient’s age, physical therapy is the primary treatment for all forms of torticollis. This is because physical therapy has treatments dedicated to address the impairments that are caused by torticollis.
The treatment procedures adopted to treat these ailments aim to strengthen neck muscles, correct muscle imbalance, gain pain-free movement and improve postural control and symmetry. For these purposes, various stretching exercises, massages, positioning and taping are used. While other forms of treatment are available, it is always advisable to treat the different types of torticollis condition using physiotherapy, because unlike other medical treatments, physiotherapy has no side effects.
What kind of physiotherapist do I visit?
Generally, all physical therapists are prepared through education and experience to treat a variety of conditions, including torticollis. However, if you want extra care for your condition, consider the following options:
For more assistance and information on torticollis, contact your nearest physiotherapist.