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Neck Stretching Exercises For Torticollis
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Depends on the: Cause- from several days to weeks for most conditions. If it persists or worsens, see your doctor. ...Read more
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
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
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
Spasm while swallowing 2 months ago, now have neck stiffnes on same side. Could it be spasmodic torticollis, and what MRI to do? (brain, neck?)
I'm 35, was born with Congenital torticollis, had 2 surgeries at age under 5 - sholders are still dissymmetrical, scar tissue tightens neck. Surgery?
What happens to your neck during a traction session? Are portable neck traction units beneficial not the one over the door? Please help
For a 54 year old woman who's 52kg or 115lbs, what weight is suitable for neck traction and what weight for lumbar traction?
Vertigo for almost two weeks, really worried about a vertebral dissection. Did neck traction for muscles. Neck also pops sometimes when turn it.
Doubt dissection: You will need a careful neurological evaluation ...Read more
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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