Thursday, January 25, 2018

3 Years Post Torticollis Treatment

Years later, after torticollis treatment, and no signs of torticollis.  She's doing well. :)

Friday, February 19, 2016

Torticollis Update (or Lack Thereof) Pictures

Kellyn has recently turned three-years-old and I am happy to share that she no longer has torticollis.  She hasn't had it for quite some time now. When she first received her torticollis diagnosis, I recall frantically scouring the internet looking for pictures of older children who had been previously treated for torticollis. I wanted to see if they fully recovered or if their stubborn head tilt always persisted. And I wanted to see if any torticollis-induced facial asymmetries had gone away.  If you are a parent starting this torticollis treatment journey, I hope these pictures of my daughter give you hope.  Kellyn keeps her head up straight and her face is symmetrical. You would never know she had torticollis. Going to physical therapy and regularly doing the exercises at home really works.  Believe me, I know torticollis treatment is a long and frustrating journey, but it's so worth it. We are grateful to God for such a great outcome.

Always love a perfectly midline picture.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Torticollis Exercises for Older Babies & Young Toddlers

As babies/toddlers gets older, torticollis exercises may become more difficult to accomplish for various reasons.  Kids may become more mobile, wiggly, and resistant to the exercises.  This definitely occurred for us.  When this happens, you may need to work that much harder to figure out new exercises and strategies that help your child successfully complete their torticollis exercises. Here's three different exercises that we tried with our toddler after she outgrew some of her previous torticollis exercises.

All three of these tutorials are designed to encourage the child to right her head.  In case you are not familiar with the term "head righting", head righting basically means keeping the head positioned upright despite the body being tilted.  When muscle weakness is contributing to your child's torticollis, head righting exercises on the affected side can increase strength to encourage a more midline head position. For your convenience, the three exercises are described below in both video and written tutorial format.