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Can Chiropractic Procedures Help Torticollis/Wry Neck In Infants And Newborns?

Over 45,000 infants are born with congenital torticollis in the US each year. This twisted or tilted neck, is often ascribed to problems during birth. The condition causes painful, involuntary spasms, impedes normal growth and development, and disturbs vision. The medical approach to correct this is often surgery on neck muscles, nerves and tendons, and intensive physical therapy and drug therapy. A case study that was done showed a 7-month-old child became more confident and responsive, had better motor control, and his head centered rather than being twisted and tilted after chiropractic care. Torticollis affects approximately two percent of newborn infants. The frank breech birthing position has been reportedly associated with the highest incidence of torticollis. Up to 34 percent of infants born in this position are affected. The most common type of torticollis is associated with subluxation of the upper cervical spine.

Chiropractic care is considered essential to the health and maintenance of a child’s spine and nervous system. Chiropractic management of torticollis is directed at reducing cervical spine subluxations, which are commonly present in this condition. Chiropractors use a combination of spinal adjustments, cranial re-alignment, and soft tissue therapies which can produce a rapid solution in many cases of torticollis in an infant. Spinal adjustments have demonstrated to be effective to the resolution of torticollis.

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