|Anatomy of the Sternocleidomastoid and Trapezius involved in Torticollis|
Have you ever woken up and not been able to turn your neck to one side? Having significant pain in one side of the neck can be caused by a condition caused torticollis. Torticollis results from a fixed posture or position of the head and neck. Tilting, rotation and flexion of the head and neck is impaired. Spasms of the sternocleidomastoid, trapezius and other neck muscles are typically involved and is more prominent on one side than the others. This can cause someone to tip their head to side or to have great pain when turning the head to one side or the other. We can also see torticollis in infants particularly right after birth. Often times infants will have difficulty breastfeeding (especially on one side over the other), irritability, sleeping difficulties, and can lead to cranial distortion. Having interventions such as forceps or vacuum during delivery increases an infants likelihood of developing torticollis and flat head as they grow and develop.
Chiropractic care utilizes cervical and spinal adjustments by addressing subluxations in the patients' spine, which are commonly associated with the condition. A subluxation is a partial dislocation of one of the vertebrae in the spine. The dislocation of the vertebrae can interfere with nerve signaling throughout the body, which can interfere with healthy development — even outside the musculoskeletal system.
By supporting more efficient, effective communication between the nervous system and the rest of the body, chiropractic care can prevent problems that might otherwise arise from irritation to the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles. Relief from torticollis is often found in just a few visits. In infant and pediatric patients, torticollis can even be relieved in just one visit! Next time you wake up with a stiff neck, look to a chiropractic professional to help relieve your pain quickly with gentle, specific chiropractic care!
Yours in Health,
Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson, DC
MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC
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Charlotte, NC 28214
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