Last Modified on Jun 22, 2014
A relatively common condition in newborns, torticollis appears as a characteristic twist in the neck. While the condition may be inherited or acquired, the condition can often be treated using a balanced approach. Chiropractic care, dietary changes and nutritional supplements can help correct the condition naturally and effectively.
What is Torticollis?
Torticollis is defined as a twisted neck in which the head is tipped to one side and the chin is turned to the other. Symptoms include limited range of motion, headache, head tremor, neck pain, unevenness in the shoulders, stiffness in the neck and swelling of the neck muscles. The condition may be inherited or acquired as the result of damage to the nervous system, spine or muscles.
Holistic Treatment for Head and Neck Dystonia
Treatment of torticollis centers on increasing the flexibility of the muscles in the affected side. Treatment often includes chiropractic care, dietary changes and nutritional supplements. These treatment options work together to improve the overall health of the individual and to treat the underlying cause of the condition.
A chiropractor or even a physical therapist can evaluate an affected individual and create a plan of action for treating the condition. Treatment often includes a variety of strengthening exercises as well as stretches to promote mobility and alignment of the head and neck. Massage may also be included in a care plan.
A balanced diet ensures that the individual is getting the appropriate amount of nutrients throughout the day, which supports treatment. Additionally, a whole food diet with limited sugar and processed items limits toxins and agents that may be contributing to the condition. A balanced diet should include more plant-based foods and proteins, good fats and the appropriate serving of fruits and vegetables daily.
Supplements are also important for supporting treatment. B vitamins are particularly important for treating the condition as they promote energy and healing. These vitamins aid in building and maintaining connective tissue in the body.
A condition that can develop in childhood or adulthood, torticollis involves the manifestation of a shortened neck muscle that causes a characteristic twist in the neck. Natural methods including stretching and massage as well as dietary changes and supplements are effective for treating the condition.
Do you know of any possible relief for Anterocollis? It is is a form of cervical dystonia which produces repetitive and predictable muscle contractions of neck flexion of chin to chest movement. I appreciate any recommendations. Thank you.