Sunday, November 20, 2016

Neck Pain due to Torticollis "Wry Neck"

Did you wake up with your head extremely stiff, and you can not seem to turn your head to the lift or right? It just feels stuck!

Well, here's an in home remedy to help with that "crick in the neck", also know in medical terminology Torticollis "Wry Neck".

First lets describe the definition of Torticollis. Torticollis is known as the twisting of muscles in the neck that  goes beyond th neck's normal position. This condition can either develop slowly throughout time, or due to trauma, or even adverse reactions to medication. In a very few cases Torticollis can cause permanent damage if not treated effectively and promptly. 

Here are a few in home remedies that can help with Torticollis:

* First you want to bring the swelling dowing, so use ICE not Heat! Ice your neck 3 to 4 times a day for 15 to 20 mins.

* Stretching exercises is the best way to treat Torticollis

Before doing stretching exercises, its okay to use heat on the neck to help loosen the muscles, (this is the only time heat would be recommended). Moist heat works the best, for it can penetrate the muscles deeper. Placing a damp hand towel in the microwave, and warming the towel up (do not make it hot, just a comfortable warming temperature) to place around your neck. Leave the towel on for about 10 to 15 mins., before beginning stretches.

Side Bending Stretches
1. Sit in a chair with your back straight. Tuck your chin slightly and tilt your head to the left, with your chin down and toward the right.
2. Place your left hand on the upper right side of your head. Gently push your head to the left. Do not over stretch, and stop if you feel pain or tingling.
Hold stretch for 8 seconds, relax then repeat. Do this 5 to 6 times, then repeat on the opposite side.

Neck Rotation
1. Sit in a chair with your back straight and feet flat on the floor.
2. Slowly turn your head to your right, keeping your chin level. Then turn your head all the way to the left. 
Do this 5 to 6 times to each side, bringing your head back to the center between each time. Do not force the motion. Turn your head until you feel a slight resistance.

Head Roll
1. Sit in a chair with your back straight and feet flat on the floor.
2. Place chin on your chest and slightly roll your head in a circular motion. Clockwise and then counter clockwise. Do 5 to 6 times one direction and repeat going the opposite direction

Most importantly it's highly recommended that you see a Chiropractic Physician to help improve the range of motion in the neck and allow the muscles to restore full body function. Adjustments to the cervical region of the neck will allow the joints to mobilize, and can possibly help prevent any further cases of Torticollis from wanting to reoccur in the future.

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