Torticollis

TorticolisTorticollis, which translates to a “twisted neck” in its Latin roots, broadly describes a condition in which the neck is tilted, or rotated, and there is difficulty in moving the head causing neck pain and/or stiffness in an individual .  The most common type of this condition is known as transient spasmodic torticollis where the bending of the neck is induced by certain activities or improper postures, and is present for less than 6 months. However, this condition may last longer than 6 months in some individuals.

Transient spasmodic torticollis can be caused by daily activities such as holding the phone between the head and shoulder for long periods of times, or sleeping in a position that causes strain to the neck.

Other than activities and improper postures, there are also many potential underlying factors that may cause or contribute to this condition.

– Muscular damage in the muscles of the neck due to inflammation

– Cervical spine injuries such as a herniated disc

– An infection in the central nervous system (CNS)

At the clinic, we look for myospasms in the neck muscles (levator scapulae, scalenes, splenius, and/or the trapezius muscles), restrictions in cervical joints, and limited range of motion (ROM).

We can treat this condition using the following techniques:

– Myofascial trigger point therapy

– Electrotherapy and ultrasound

– Friction massage therapy

– Acupuncture