Twist of neck. Torticollis is the name we give to anyone with a twist in the neck, for whatever reason. It is a symptom -- not a disease itself. I have not heard the name intermittent torticollis, but I have heard of benign paroxysmal torticollis, which i suspect is the same thing. Here, the tilting tends to come in episodes caused by muscles spasms -- and is usually painful.