Torticollis or Wry Neck

Torticollis or Wry Neck

Torticollis is also known as wry neck.

The word torticollis comes from the latin ‘tortus’ or twisted, and ‘collum’ meaning neck. It is characterised by an abnormal positioning of the head, relative to the neck, in which the head appears to be pulled to one side.

Torticollis can be the result of painful muscle spasms, or congenital muscle contraction. There are various medical theories about what causes congenital torticollis.

Medical treatment of congenital torticollis is generally undertaken during childhood and involves surgery and muscle stretching.

Acquired acute torticollis can affect either children or adults, and usually comes on suddenly, sometimes with clients reporting that they ‘just woke up with it’. Medical treatment of acquired acute torticollis is by analgesics and muscle relaxants.

Myofascial Release for Torticollis

Myofascial release and advanced massage techniques for clients with acquired acute torticollis involves work on the muscles and soft tissues of the neck, shoulders and back. Passive stretching techniques are used, and self-help by stretching in between sessions is encouraged.

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The Pain Care Clinic specialises in myofascial release and advanced massage therapy for private clients with medical diagnoses of chronic pain conditions and acute pain or injuries.

The information on these pages is intended to be general information only.

If you are unsure about your own medical diagnosis or options for medical treatment then please consult a doctor.