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What neck stretching exercises are good for you?

What neck stretching exercises are good for you?

Slow & steady & safe: Neck tightness can be slowly and carefully remedied by gently rotating the neck trying to tough your chin to each shoulder, bending the neck sideways to have the ears touch the shoulders and bending forward with chin toward chest and backward with chin toward the sky. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Hebb
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Spasmodic Torticollis (Definition)

Torticollis is a hyper spasmodic condition of the neck in which the neck and/or head is abnormally positioned in an asymmetric position. Also called Wry neck, the top of the head is tilted in one direction and the chin in another direction. Common causes are drug side effects (probably most common), and injury to the neck and cervical nerves. ...Read more


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Will neck stretching exercises actually work?

Will neck stretching exercises actually work?

Absolutely: Movement and stretching is very useful to help disorders of the neck and spine. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Neck stretching?

What is the definition or description of: Neck stretching?

See below: The term stretching refers to application of force to a muscle to lengthen it beyond its normal resting rate. Stretching can be done to increase range of motion and to decrease risk of injury. Neck stretching would refer to stretching the muscles in the cervical region. ...Read more

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Is too much neck stretching possible?

Is too much neck stretching possible?

Yes: Too much of anything including stretching can be harmful. I recommend stretching exercises a lot however there are some people who are a bit too flexible and risk damage to their joints if they overstretch. Most people have the opposite problem; they are too inflexible. ...Read more

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Can you break your neck stretching it to far?

See below: While it is difficult to actually "break" your neck by stretching you should follow this rule. Any stretch that causes pain for you is too much. Distinguish between the feeling of a good stretch and a stretch that is causeing pain. ...Read more

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Is neck stretching possible with yoga?

Is neck stretching possible with yoga?

Yes: There are many asanas (position) that help align the spine. Over time, people who practice regularly, feel they are taller and may have "grown" a half an inch due to the back and neck stretch. Most of us as we age, compress our spine and feel shorter. ...Read more

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Where can I get one of those neck stretching machine?

Where can I get one of those neck stretching machine?

Pronex: Pronex® pneumatic cervical traction device - works better - covered by insurance with http://empi. Com. ...Read more

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Where can I get neck stretching done?

Where can I get neck stretching done?

Neck strething: Try websites like webmd or healthline first for basics. Avoid chiropractors (risk of permanent or lethal outcome).

If you want a professional opinion, go see a physical therapist with training specifically in cervical manipulation. Not all are qualified. ...Read more

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Can you break your neck stretching to far back or to the side?

Can you break your neck stretching to far back or to the side?

Are you trying?: Not without help. You'd have to really try yourself and the strength of the neck muscles alone is not sufficient.

We generally recommend against attempts nonetheless as physicians. ...Read more

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How long does it take for torticollis/stiff neck to go away?

How long does it take for torticollis/stiff neck to go away?

Depends on the: Cause- from several days to weeks for most conditions. If it persists or worsens, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have got torticollis, or a wry/stiff neck - will antinflamitories help ease the pain?

Possibly: This should respond more to muscle relaxants, but if the stiffness is due to arthritis of the spine it should respond well to anti-inflammatory medications. ...Read more

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Is torticollis the same as cervical dystonia/spasmodic torticollis? I have pain & spasms in neck and minor involuntary movemnt. Will it become worse?

Yes; Possibly.: Cervical dystonia is an imbalance in muscle activity of the neck muscles, which can cause abnormal postures or shaking. It is also known as torticollis or spasmodic torticollis. Most cases get slowly worse over time, though some cases have been reported of spontaneous improvement. Oral medicines and injections of Botox may be helfpul. ...Read more

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What is the difference between torticollis and chronic bilateral muscle spasm in the neck & upper shoulders?

What is the difference between torticollis and chronic bilateral muscle spasm in the neck & upper shoulders?

Cervical strains: Acute torticollisis is an acute cervical strain pinching a nerve. Chronic upper body muscle strain is from chronic disc problems or degenerative changes. An or frequently poor upper body posture. Acute torticollisis is usually temporary but may need an osteopathic or chiropractic adjustment. Upper body posture problems. Can be fixed with the proper exercises disc or degenerative changes are dif ...Read more

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I have always had limited movement of my neck to one side. My mother said it was torticollis?, having come from my nurse not turning my head, I am 54.

I have always had limited movement of my neck to one side. My mother said it was torticollis?, having come from my nurse not turning my head, I am 54.

Perhaps: You could have limited motion due to that history but there could also be other restrictions. An osteopathic physician or physiatrist might be a good place for you to start to discover your restriction and discover he best treatment options. ...Read more

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For a 54 year old woman who's 52kg or 115lbs, what weight is suitable for neck traction and what weight for lumbar traction?

For a 54 year old woman who's 52kg or 115lbs, what weight is suitable for neck traction and what weight for lumbar traction?

Weight not a factor: The issue is not the traction but the cause of the problem to start with. Neck and back spondylosis is a result of ligament damage and prolotherapy is the cure. Visit www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org for information and to find a doctor. To help you. ...Read more

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Had spasmodic torticollus this week. Ed xrays showed arthrits in neck & back. I'm 20 and its painful. Also sent for mri. Celebrex/ lortabs for pain?

Had spasmodic torticollus this week. Ed xrays showed arthrits in neck & back. I'm 20 and its painful. Also sent for mri. Celebrex/ lortabs for pain?

Pain: Are you asking if this is appropriate treatment or why it is so painful? Given your age, the pain is far more likely to be from the muscle spasm (which can be excruciating) than arthritis. The meds will help, as will heating pads, and gentle stretching. If it's in the budget or if you have someone who can help, you may get relief from massage as well :) it may take 1-2 weeks to resolve. ...Read more

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Have cervical spondylosis. Did neck traction 3 times, started at mininum weight n increase 1kg every time. Now feel tension at throat. Is it related?

Have cervical spondylosis. Did neck traction 3 times, started at mininum weight n increase 1kg every time. Now feel tension at throat. Is it related?

Unlikely anything: Is happening other than there are front or anterior neck muscles that may be strained from the traction to explain your symptoms. If it persists or worsens, get checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can massage help to improve torticollis?

Can massage help to improve torticollis?

No: Massage may help muscle pain due to the spasm of the torticollis, but it won't make the torticollis any better or worse. Torticollis happens in the brain, but massaging the brain directly is difficult and tends to be counterproductive. ...Read more

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Can torticollis, acute cause pain in the head?

Can torticollis, acute cause pain in the head?

Yes pulling on muscl: Yes it cano pulling on the muscles about the neck and they attach to the neck and head. You can discuss htis with your physicais and can have the trigger point injected where the torticollis is initiated. Sometimes the torticollis can be injected with botox ...Read more

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How can torticollis be treated in a 6 week old?

How can torticollis be treated in a 6 week old?

Physical therapy: This is most commonly a reaction to the extraction of the head & shoulders during delivery that may trigger the process. Gentile but firm range of motion maneuvers by the parent as taught by a physical therapist will usually release the tightness. There are rare other causes. Exam and referral by your doc will start the process. ...Read more

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I think I have spasmodic torticollis, help me! I hurt so much?

Botox: Botox is indicated for true spasmodic torticollis and not much else will help. If you have failed meds, like nsaids, muscle relaxers, local injections, physical therapy and massage that would be the next step and it could last 3 months and you have to repeat it but it costs are high. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Spasmodic torticollis?

What is the definition or description of: Spasmodic torticollis?

Severe neck spasm: Torticollis is a hyper spasmodic condition of the neck in which the neck and/or head is abnormally positioned in an asymmetric position. Also called Wry neck, the top of the head is tilted in one direction and the chin in another direction. Common causes are drug side effects (probably most common), and injury to the neck and cervical nerves. Often temporary, sometimes permanent. ...Read more

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Seems like my case of Torticollis may have turned into an abscess. Is this possible??

Seems like my case of Torticollis may have turned into an abscess. Is this possible??

Neck mass: Torticollis is rare beyond childhood, and never turns into abscess. If you have good reason to suspect a neck abscess then you need to go to an ER immediately to get evaluated. And you likely didn't have torticollis in that case, but a neck infection or enlarged lymph node that turned to pus - this commonly happens. This sounds urgently serious. ...Read more

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What more can I do to get rid of torticollis?

A Few ideas: Cervical torticollis produces a drawing tightness affecting the posture of the head and neck, difficulty in turning the head to one side, pain and sleep difficulties. Botulism toxin treatments are the most gentle, pain relieving and effective treatments for this condition. Stretching with pt, chiropractic tx, oral muscle relaxers, and sleep medications with muscle relaxation effect may be tried. ...Read more

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What are the preventive measures for torticollis?

For Congenital Torti: For congenital torticollis, there is a cure thru physical therapy and no prevention. For positional infantile torticollis, prevention is thru changing positions regularly and treatment is again thru physical therapy. ...Read more

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Torticollis - which treatment should I try first?

Depends: Torticollis (wry neck) can be caused by several things including muscle problems, injuries, infections, and tumors. You should probably start with your primary doctor, though you may need to see a specialist, depending on the severity and test results. ...Read more

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Do you know if recovery possible with congenital torticollis?

Yes: Recovery is possible with congential torticollis. Most of the time, intensive physical therapy and/or occupational therapy is all that is needed. Rarely is surgery indicated and that is only reserved for those who are not improved with pt/ot. ...Read more

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My 8mo old has a p.T. Appt for torticollis. Not really bad he can turn head but still favors one side. What can I do @ home in the mean time, appt 2wks?

My 8mo old has a p.T. Appt for torticollis. Not really bad he can turn head but still favors one side. What can I do @ home in the mean time, appt 2wks?

Work on it at home: Have pt see him sooner and have them train you on what to do at home to help. This should improve with good phy therapy. See someone who has done this before. Also. You can help with the therapy as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could torticollis be caused by sleeping wrong?

True torticollis: Is not caused by sleeping wrong. It is a shortening of the neck muscle called the sternocleidomastoid. A crick n the neck leading to spasm and shortening from spasm can also be called torticollis so the answer to your question is a technical yes. Ibuprofen helps for spasm and physical therapy and stretching help for true congenital torticollis. ...Read more

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What is the condition congenital muscular torticollis?

Congenital torticoll: Many articles on congenital muscular torticollis have
been published in the surgical literature. Most have been
devoted to the histology of this disorder and the various
theories of its etiologyrelatively little has
been written about the long-term results of treatment.
From the literature, it is clear that: the pathogenesis and
etiology of congenital muscular torticollis are unknown. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a spasmodic torticollis?

What is the best treatment for a spasmodic torticollis?

Botox: The use of Botox injection has revolutionized the are of torticollis. Injections into the muscle will overtime relax the muscle and improve the issue. ...Read more

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Does torticollis usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Torticollis is head tilt which could be involuntary movement, muscle spasm, disc disease, or other abnormality of spinal or vertebral column----so symptoms could be pain, numness, even weakness--need in depth evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with torticollis and how do I relieve them?

What are the symptoms associated with torticollis and how do I relieve them?

TORTICOLIS: Painful neck probably after using 2-3 pillows at night. Stiff neck is relieved by muscle relaxant, warm compress or hot relaxing showers. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
54 Doctors shared insights

Neck Stretching (Definition)

The term stretching refers to application of force to a muscle to lengthen it beyond its normal resting rate. Stretching can be done to increase range of motion and to decrease risk of injury. Neck stretching would refer to stretching the muscles ...Read more


Dr. Henry Sondheimer
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Torticollis (Definition)

A condition in which the neck is twisted abnormally to one side. The head is tilted in one direction, while the chin is turned to the other. Torticollis may either be inherited or may arise from neck trauma or the ...Read more