Torticollis is the condition by which the muscles in a child’s neck become tightened affecting his/her ability to turn their head. In some cases, there may be a change in the neck and head posture. In addition, pediatric therapy will also check for abnormal head shape, misalignment of the hips and spine problems that can occur with Torticollis.
Typically, Torticollis occurs from difficulties with positioning during birthing or in-utero. Additionally, positioning in the crib or lack of use of muscles in the shoulder/upper back can further lead to Torticollis.
How Pediatric Therapy Helps
The goal of pediatric therapy is to help children with Torticollis improve their range of motion, positioning and functioning of their neck. It is important that your child be evaluated and treated as soon as possible to correct for any future deformities, headaches / neck pain and improve overall function. Therapeutic play, hands-on therapy and education can dramatically improve Torticollis in most cases.