Mothers often become concerned when they notice that their baby keeps their head turned to one side preferentially. This could be an indication of a condition known as Congenital Muscular Torticollis (CMT). It can be easily diagnosed through simple palpation and motion tests by an Osteopath. Although the exact cause of Torticollis is not always known, it is believed that it could be caused by cramping in the uterus or a traumatic delivery. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and can present at birth or up to three months afterwards.
Fortunately, I have found that with two to four treatments, depending on severity, Torticollis can usually be resolved. During these gentle sessions, babies usually don‘t complain, and their parents are often delighted when they can feed properly on both sides.
Furthermore, home treatment exercises and regular tummy time can help strengthen the neck muscles, aiding in the healing process. In most cases, Torticollis can be successfully resolved with a combination of osteopathic treatment and home treatment, allowing the baby to return to their happy and giggling self in no time!
By: Eddy Basch D.O.