Torticollis is rotation and lateral bending of the head and neck due to spasm of the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle, located in the anterior neck, causing extremely restricted range of motion of the cervical spine. There are two types of Torticollis: Congenital and Acquired. Congenital Torticollis occurs in newborns due to birth trauma. Acquired Torticollis occurs in adults and is activity/posture induced such as sleeping with your head in a bent position or long periods of time holding a phone between the head and shoulder.
How can Chiropractic help?
Chiropractic adjustments to the cervical spine restore proper range of motion in the joints of the cervical spine, as well as release the hypertonicity of the SCM and the other muscles of the neck. Stretches to the SCM, Trapezius, and Levator Scapulae muscles are also beneficial in releasing the hypertonicity of the cervical spine musculature experienced in Torticollis.