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Torticollis is a soft tissue condition involving muscles and fascia. DMR Therapy® specializes in releasing this type of tissue.

Torticollis or wry neck is a condition in which the head is tilted to one side as a result of painful muscles or spasms in the neck. There are many types of torticollis, some of them congenital and permanent. Others are secondary to some other condition. The most common type is muscular torticollis, caused by tight muscles or scarring of the tissues of the neck, which will be addressed in this article.

Muscular torticollis is considered a temporary condition, usually having unknown causes. It might occur in the morning when one gets up and can last for a few days to several weeks. It often is a recurring condition (intermittent torticollis).

TREATMENT:

Recommended conventional treatments include:

  • applying heat
  • massage
  • physical therapy
  • traction
  • stretching exercises
  • neck braces (fortunately rare these days)
  • Medications prescribed might include:
    • pain killers
    • anti-inflammatory drugs
    • muscle relaxants
    • Parkinson’s disease medications
    • cortisone injections
    • Botox injections

DMR THERAPY® PERSPECTIVE:

The most common type of torticollis is caused by extreme tension in one of the SCM muscles, the large muscles on either side of the anterior neck. This muscle twists the head pulling the chin up and to the opposite side. Other muscles are also commonly involved, such as the levator scapulae, trapezius and posterior neck muscles. DMR Therapy® specializes in relaxing and relieving pain in the muscles which is normally all that is needed to relieve this condition and restore the head to its proper position.

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