How to treat a baby with torticollis
Torticollis is a condition in which a child’s head is tilted to one side. It is typically caused by either a tightening of the muscles of the neck, flattening of the back of the head or a combination of the two. It is common after birth.
Torticollis limits a child’s ability to turn the head to see, hear and interact freely with the environment. Because of this, torticollis may lead to delayed development, weakness of one side of the body, and difficulties with balance.
Many theories have been developed regarding torticollis in new born babies, and most suggest that the phenomenon is the result of a traumatic childbirth. During every birth there is tremendous pressure on the baby’s body, especially on the head and neck. This pressure can contribute to many conditions such as torticollis, colic, and breastfeeding problems. The use of forceps, vacuum devices, or cesarean section to deliver a baby also makes a newborn more likely to develop torticollis. Another possible cause of torticollis is an unusual position of the child in the womb, that weakens the muscles and causes other abnormalities such as malformation of the shape of the skull.
Neglecting this fairly common condition can lead to a situation in which the neck fails to develop symmetrically as the body grows.
Osteopathic Treatment of Torticollis
By means of a special treatment method and extensive knowledge of anatomy, the osteopath can relieve the pressure around the skull and neck muscles to resolve the root cause of torticollis. Babies with torticollis respond easily and quickly to osteopathic treatment in a way that’s highly effective.