Infant torticollis is a common musculoskeletal condition that can be present at birth or acquired later in an infant’s life that can be associated with plagiocephaly. Plagiocephaly is a common condition in which an infant’s head has a flattened appearance due to repeated pressure on an area of the skull. Both are very treatable conditions by a skilled physical therapist.
Early intervention is critical to prevent these conditions from getting worse. Lack of early intervention increases the likelihood that the child will have developmental and gross motor delays as well as functional and structural deformities.
Our approach utilizes manual therapy to normalize tissue length and improve muscle function, sensory integration, handling and positioning techniques, and play activities that are geared towards meeting the infant’s developmental goals. We also educate parents on positioning techniques, stretches to perform at home and strengthening exercises to fit the infant’s needs.
I had the pleasure of interacting with the entire staff in Cutlerville during my treatment. Everyone made the recovery process very tolerable, despite the “fears” of therapy that we patients/clients go through.Joe