A stiff neck can be a rude welcome to a newborn. Unfortunately, torticollis is quite common after childbirth and can cause your baby quite a bit of discomfort. The good news is that a gentle chiropractic adjustment is often all it takes to correct a wry neck. Here at BETTER LIFE Family Chiropractic & Wellness, we use Activator Methods™ and other gentle techniques to help infants feel comfortable again. Schedule in Spokane, WA today to learn more.
What Causes Torticollis in Newborns?
Torticollis in newborns can happen due to the baby’s position in the womb. It can also occur after a difficult and prolonged childbirth. In some cases, infants can develop acquired torticollis through infection or some kind of trauma; however, this is less likely.
Can Torticollis Cause Complications?
A wry neck can present symptoms when a baby is 6-8 weeks old. At that point, it will be clear if your baby’s motor function and comfort are compromised due to this issue. Here are a few signs to look for:
- Your baby’s head tilts or rotates to one side.
- You notice a limited range of motion in the head and neck.
- There is a visible asymmetry in your baby’s head and face (flattening on one side of the head).
- The baby may show signs of musculoskeletal problems (like hip dysplasia).
- There is a small, soft lump in your infant’s neck.
- Plagiocephaly may develop (a flat spot appearing behind one ear and on the side, the child likes to look toward).
How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
The key to treating torticollis lies in reducing cervical spine subluxations. “Subluxations” are areas of misalignment within the spine. At BETTER LIFE Family Chiropractic & Wellness, we use spinal adjustments, cranial realignment, and soft tissue therapies to improve alignment and address these subluxations.
These adjustments are very gentle and tailored to your baby’s physical build. Once we’ve restored movement in the baby’s cervical spine, the muscles will go back into a state of ease on their own. Your baby won’t require any medication or surgical treatment after this procedure.
Chiropractic Care for Infant Torticollis in Spokane, WA
At BETTER LIFE Family Chiropractic & Wellness, we provide gentle care for infants, reducing stiffness and torticollis symptoms. If your baby is having trouble tilting his or her head, we have your solution. Get in touch today by filling out the form below or giving our office a call at (509) 464-0444.