Osteopathy: How to treat torticollis in a baby?
Torticollis baby 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.
What patients who had a baby with torticollis say…Testimonials in Hebrew
Ella torticollis, collic and hypertonia
Ella had a traumatic birth and resulted in her being unsettled and having collic torticollis
Torticollis in a Baby
Baby 2 months old came to the center for osteopathy suffering with torticollis. A significant difference was seen after the first treatment. The problem was solved after 4 osteopathic treatments
Baby who had torticollis
Baby was born with torticollis and a lump in his neck. Several months of physical therapy failed to help him. After 4 osteopathic treatments his condition showed a 90% improvement.
Osteopathic Treatment for Torticollis
Osteopathic Treatment for Torticollis
Noam David suffered from torticollis since birth because of his position in the womb. Physiotherapy didn’t help. Osteopathy solved the problem in just a few treatments.
why is it important to take your baby to a cranial osteopath when they have torticollis?
Torticollis in babies, also known as “wry neck,” is a condition that affects the neck muscles, causing the baby’s head to tilt to one side. The baby appears to prefer rotating its neck to one side. It is a common condition in infants, and if left untreated, it can lead to developmental delays, flattened head syndrome, and other complications.
Cranial osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the relationship between the skull, the spine, and the rest of the body. It involves gently treating the skull and spine. The aim on cranial treatment is to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and promote healing.
When a baby has torticollis, the muscles on one side of the neck become tight and shortened, while the muscles on the other side become weak and stretched. This imbalance can lead to a range of problems, including difficulty breastfeeding, delayed motor development, and an increased risk of developing plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome).
Cranial osteopathy can help to address these issues by:
1. Relieving tension in the neck muscles
2. Promoting relaxation and healing
By addressing these underlying issues, cranial osteopathy can gently help to alleviate the symptoms of torticollis and promote healthy development in the affected infant.
It is important to note that cranial osteopathy should only be performed by a trained and licensed professional.
Why should a baby with torticollis be treated as quickly as possible ?
Torticollis should be treated as quickly as possible in a baby because it can cause a variety of developmental issues if left untreated. Some of the potential complications of untreated torticollis include:
1. Developmental delays: Torticollis can make it difficult for a baby to reach important developmental milestones, such as crawling, walking, and sitting up.
2. Plagiocephaly: When a baby’s head is consistently tilted to one side, it can cause flattening of the skull on that side, leading to a condition called plagiocephaly.
3. Speech delays: Torticollis can affect the muscles that are used for speech, potentially leading to delays or difficulties with speech development.
By addressing torticollis as quickly as possible with appropriate treatment, such as cranial osteopathy and exercises, these potential complications can often be minimized or avoided altogether, allowing the baby to develop normally and reach important developmental milestones on time.
Osteopathic Treatment of Torticollis in babies
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.