Physical therapy helps restore quality of life for adults and children.
Gentle stretching exercises and manual techniques are used to gradually increase the length of the muscle fibers. Such treatment techniques reduce pain, increase movement, improve posture and prevent the deterioration of this condition.
A well-known form of exercise for children with torticollis is called 'tummy time'. The child is encouraged to spend more time on its tummy. This promotes core strength and helps stretch the muscles in the neck.
A physical therapist will also work actively with caregivers and parents. Parents are made aware of what is required at home. A coordinated approach enables the child to receive the right care 24 hours a day.
The goals of physical therapy in treatment of torticollis
The primary objective is to increase movement in the neck region. In essence, the child should be able to tilt the head side to side, rotate the neck, look up, and touch the chin to the chest. Restoring posture in the head and neck region also helps with balance and normal development in weight shifting methods such as sitting, standing and walking.