What is torticollis? It is a condition that occurs when a person’s neck is twisted to the point that the head appears tilted to one side. This condition can be inherited or be the result of an injury. When a child has this condition from birth, it is referred to as Congenital Torticollis. Often, this is the product of the child’s head being misaligned during development in the mother’s womb.
What Is Spasmodic Torticollis?
This painful condition involves involuntary neck spasms. These contractions result in the head being twisted to the side, or even backward and forward. It is a very painful condition, and researchers are yet to determine the cause. Studies, however, do acknowledge that the condition is often related to head or neck trauma. In children, most cases are related to trauma at childbirth resulting in a cervical injury. This is why the condition is also referred to as Cervical Dystonia. Symptoms may begin immediately following an injury or present years later.
What are some of the traditional treatments for torticollis?
- Massaging and applying heat to the cervical spine (upper neck)
- Stretching exercises
- A neck brace
- Medications (including baclofen, an anticholinergic)
- Botox injections (several doses are required to provide temporary relief)
- Spinal surgery to relieve a dislocated vertebrae (sometimes, this dislocation is the cause of torticollis)
A Gentle Alternative to Torticollis Treatment
Upper cervical chiropractic care has been successful in relieving many cases of torticollis without the need for surgery or medications. Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the C1 and C2 vertebrae. These vertebrae are at the top of the neck and serve to both protect the brainstem and keep the head level.
Gentle adjustments to the C1 and C2 can correct misalignments. This, in turn, may reverse the results of trauma to the upper cervical spine. Specific imaging tests reveal the degree of any misalignments so that a unique treatment plan can be prepared for each patient. Torticollis patients often notice results after just their first few adjustments. Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic in Anchorage, Alaska will be happy to help you find natural relief.
Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr.Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about Our Team.