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Torticollis

The presence of torticollis is a sign that there is a dysfunction in the interaction between the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. If the nervous system is unable to communicate with the structures it innervates, the result is an increase in muscle tension. It is a protective mechanism that the nervous system puts in place to avoid a greater injury. This muscle spasm translates into pain, inflammation and decreased amplitude of neck movement.

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Acute torticollis

This torticollis often appears as a result of a minor accident or is caused by rheumatism which causes joint inflammation or results from displacement of a vertebra. A radiograph of the elbow will identify the nature of your problem. Normally, it often manifests itself in the morning, on awakening, or suddenly during the day, after an effort that contracts the muscles of the neck. People who suffer from this type of torticollis can hardly move their heads without experiencing acute pain.
Acute torticollis may also be caused by microlensions on the articular facets of the cervical vertebrae. These microlésions produce an inflammation which irritates the nerves, during a false movement, which causes painful muscular contractions to the neck.

Spasmodic torticollis

People suffering from spasmodic torticollis are prone to involuntary muscle contractions of the neck which cause irreducible movements of head rotation and tilt.
Torticollis is an affection of the neck, responsible for muscular pain, accompanied by a torsion of the neck.

Should we take a torticollis seriously?

Failure to adequately treat torticollis may cause headaches or respiratory problems, affect your balance, produce numbness in the arms, or arouse arthritis, osteoarthritis, or other problems. It can also cause permanent changes in the spine, at the level of the neck or the surrounding musculature. Torticollis is a neuro-musculoskeletal problem to be taken seriously.

The chiropractic approach

The chiropractor is empowered to diagnose the type of torticollis that afflicts you. An examination of the cervical problem is essential. If the chiropractor is a chiropractor, the chiropractor will have the right to make the most of it.
The chiropractic approach to lower muscle spasm, bread and inflammation. The treatment to increase mobility and re-educate the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems.

Source: Equation PLUS inc. And Association of Chiropractors of Quebec