Is defined as an abnormal position of the head from an organic shortening of the muscles. The head is held continuously in the same position by one side of the neck muscle that is shorter. Therefore, the natural range of motion of a muscle is unable to behave normally and at its full range. How do muscles become shortened, you may ask? When muscles contract, the muscle fibers shorten, which increases tension in the muscle. The tendons shorten resulting in reduced flexibility.
The most common cause of infant torticollis is congenital torticollis. It is when the infant is born with the condition, or diagnosed slightly after. It will sometimes go away with time. The condition may improve faster if your child receives craniosacral therapy, skilled therapy, and appropriate pediatric chiropractic treatments for torticollis to address their neck muscles. There are also a lot of exercises that can loosen the muscles and help stretch the affected muscles in the child’s neck. Babies with torticollis can see improvement with simple proper techniques. Also, correctly positioning the child for play and doing stretching exercises can help as well.
Essentially, birth is the first trauma a child experiences. The changes that an infant goes through in a “normal” delivery are astounding. The shock of the outside world is abrupt. The squeezing and pressure when exiting the womb or pressure during a C-Section, getting the fluids out, their central nervous system and body parts start to change instantly. If your baby was born with one or both conditions, early detection is important and especially early intervention. CST helps infants release the muscle tightness and realign the whole body.
Craniosacral therapy practitioner, Dr. Alex Kaminsky, addresses both plagiocephaly and torticollis at the same time focusing on the root of the problem. Both around the head and neck and down to possibly the sacrum.
Craniosacral therapy for torticollis releases tight muscles and restores normal muscle tone and better head alignment. Helping babies with CST involves touching and massaging around the skull, directing the relaxation and muscle tightening release. Delicate pediatric manual therapy on the neck, back and side of head will aid to relieve torticollis. Healing misaligned temporal bones in the skull through CST will result in tight neck muscles relaxing.
Other symptoms that CST can help treat in your child and infant are, scoliosis, tongue tie, colic, reflux, ear pain, constipation, and much more. Ensuring your child is comfortable during a session is very important. CST sessions also are calming and soothing, and make babies at ease. So you can anticipate a comfort in knowing your child is at ease and relaxed. It is the most gentle yet effective method for treating infants and children with these conditions.
What you can expect after a session is that your baby will be sleepy, and that is totally normal.
Early chiropractic checkups are beneficial for infants and children with torticollis, or to detect acquired torticollis. It can cure pain and future problems the infant or child may have due to torticollis. Chiropractic care is a method of providing gentle manipulation and stretching of the affected area. Specialized techniques treat the child patient with torticollis, neck pain, back pain, asymmetry, and spine injuries. Dr. Kaminsky focuses on in-office hands-on treatments. Chiropractic care for children is very different from the techniques used for adults. Pediatric chiropractic sessions are extremely gentle and tailored for their small build. The biggest difference between chiropractic treatments for torticollis is chiropractic adjusts the structure of the body, while craniosacral therapy for torticollis focuses on the babies muscle energies and fascia. The fascia is a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle.
Physical therapy helps stretch the muscles that are contracted in torticollis. It will also teach repositioning for babies with plagiocephaly. For children under the age of 6 months, it is very useful and effective. Neck exercises performed with the child and also taught to the parents. There is a variety of stretching techniques and exercises for your child to help with symptoms. These include the rotation of your child’s head by placing your left/right hand on the same left/right shoulder of your child. Cupping your child’s head with your opposite hand using the other hand to hold your child’s chin. Slowly turn your child’s nose towards the shoulder you are not holding and hold this position for 10 seconds. Repeat 2-4 times and do this exercise around 3-4 times a day. Other exercises include holding toys so your baby has to look up and out.
Additionally, you can position your baby divergently in their crib so activities in the room encourage them to look to the side of the torticollis. Physical therapy for torticollis is performed and taught for at home exercising. The goal is to loosen up the muscles that are tight and in spasm.
Craniosacral Therapy for Torticollis
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is the most effective treatment for Torticollis. Dr. Kaminsky provides care for infants and children with torticollis. Craniosacral therapy results in physical improvements for infants and children inflicted with torticollis and plagiocephaly. It addresses the original confining issue of the nerves and muscles and provides tremendous benefits. The earlier your child is treated, the sooner the issue can be on track to improvement and in many cases reversal.
At Dr. Kaminsky’s office, we analyze underlying factors and treat appropriately.
Chiropractic care for torticollis and craniosacral therapy for torticollis treatment with Dr. Kaminsky can help torticollis symptoms when approached correctly and given ample treatment time. With appropriate and skilled in-office hands-on treatments and recommendations for home care, complete torticollis reversal is possible and attainable.
Parental home-care activities shown in the office by Dr. Kaminsky Torticollis Specialist New York, will add-on therapeutic value potentially decreasing the needed in-office visits. He loves children and is thoroughly able to perform pediatric chiropractic care and craniosacral therapy to newborn babies, infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Call Dr. Kaminsky, Torticollis Specialist NYC, and schedule a telephone or in-office consultation for your child.