What is torticollis?
Torticollis (also known as wry neck) is a condition affecting the muscles of the neck that causes the head to tilt to one side. The condition may be congenital or acquired. In congenital torticollis birth trauma or mal-positioning in the womb may cause damage to the sternocleidomastoid muscle in the neck resulting in spasm. The head is tilted sideways towards the affected side and rotated restricting range of motion. Acquired torticollis affects previously normal children as a result or other factors such as acquired tumours, infection or certain medication.
How can physiotherapy help torticollis?
The effects of torticollis can be distressing for the child and may affect posture and freedom of head movements during key stages of development. It is therefore essential that torticollis is diagnosed and treated efficiently to avoid secondary complications. Our specialist paediatric physiotherapists can provide assessment and treatment which may include:
- Stretches to the affected neck muscles
- Handling and mobilisation of the head and neck to promote symmetry
- Exercises to promote muscle balance
- Positioning and postural advice to parents
- Teaching parents appropriate exercises that can be completed at home
- Use of heat to reduce muscle spasm
- Use of collars where appropriate
Why Manchester Physio?
- No waiting lists, treatment available quickly
- One on one treatment for your child
- Dedicated, patient centred approach to management
- Specialist physiotherapists
- Motivated, committed staff
- Proven track record
Manchester Physio can provide treatment for children with torticollis across Greater Manchester and Cheshire. We can provide assessment and treatment at our clinic, a child's school or at your home for your convenience.
To find out more please contact us or arrange a free phone consultation.