Chiropratic Care And Infantile Torticollis
Dr. Lonnie S. Gross
Dr. Lonnie Gross Chiropratic Care And Infantile Torticollis Reviewed by Dr. Lonnie S. Gross
Torticollis or "Wry Neck" is a Latin term that means "twisted neck" and refers only to the posture of the head and neck. The term torticollis is used to identify a symptom, not a disease or injury. While there are many possible causes of torticollis, for the majority of infants, the head tilt is caused by an injury or tightness to a major neck muscle called the sternocleidomastoid muscle. This condition is called Congenital Muscular Torticollis or CMT. The exact reason why the muscle becomes tight or injured can be attributed to stresses and strains that are developing in the young child and should be immediately looked into.
On occasion, the sternocleidomastoid muscle will become tight secondary to another cause where the head has tilted for an extended time.
At our office we have seen dramatic changes in these symptoms in a relatively short period of time. Due to the wonderful healing mechanisms in the child, adaptation to this corrected position is attained quickly, and with regular "maintence checkups" it will stay that way. Cost effectiveness and avoidance of surgery are two of the many other reasons why chiropractic care for children should be considered.
For more than 105 years, chiropractic has demonstrated clinically to be the most conservative approach to most neuromuscular, biomechanical conditions. With this in mind, it is my opinion that medical physicians should consider referring patients with infantile torticollois to chiropractic care.