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Overcoming Torticollis in Adults (Wryneck) Through Exercise and Chiropractic 

 November 2, 2022

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

torticollis wryneck chiropracticThere are lots of reasons why someone might suffer from neck pain, but one possible example is called torticollis. In adults, this is frequently called cervical dystonia, or “wryneck.” This is a painful condition that can cause your neck muscles to spasm. There are a number of possible causes of this condition, ranging from medication side effects to injuries and even strokes. In this condition, the neck muscles may contract involuntarily, pulling your neck to one side. It can also lead to twisting, twitching, and numerous other uncomfortable positions. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatment options available, and chiropractic combined with exercise can help reduce the frequency with which these spasms happen. If you suffer from adult torticollis, here are three things you need to know that’ll help you overcome it.

1. Perform Forward Head Pulls

One exercise that could prove beneficial is called the forward head pull. This is a stretch that can make it easier for you to release the muscles that run up the sides and back of your neck. If you feel like torticollis pulls your head to the side or back, this is an exercise that might be right for you.

Start by standing next to a counter. Then, place your right hand on the back of your head. Using your left hand, hang onto the couch itself.

Then, turn your head approximately 45 degrees to the right. Point your eyes toward the ground, allowing you to feel a stretch in your shoulders and neck.

Finally, use your right arm to gently press down on your head to make the stretch deeper. Hold this position for 30 to 40 seconds. Then, switch the position of your exercise to the other side. This could help you stretch out your muscles.

2. Do Sideways Head Pulls

If you feel like torticollis is pulling your ear toward your shoulder, this is an exercise that could be helpful. Again, you should start by standing close to a counter. Your torticollis should cause your head to lean toward the counter itself. Grip the counter with your nearest hand, and then place your other hand on top of your head.

Start by leaving your head away from the counter. Try to aim your opposite ear towards your shoulder directly. This should create a gentle stretch. Finally, use your hand to make the stretch as deep as possible, and hold it for 30 to 40 seconds. By stretching out your muscles, you should be able to alleviate the stress placed on them.

3. See a Chiropractor Regularly

You should perform these stretches regularly at home to try to keep the muscles loose and relaxed, but you also need to visit a chiropractor. One of the most common causes of torticollis is a vertebral subluxation. You need to prevent these from returning, and a chiropractor can help you.

A chiropractor can make sure all of the vertebrae in your back are properly aligned, preventing them from subluxating. That way, you may reduce the frequency with which you deal with adult torticollis.

Keep Adult Torticollis Under Control With These Tips

Ultimately, these are just a couple of exercises you can do to help overcome adult torticollis. Even though this is a condition that can have a negative impact on your quality of life, choosing chiropractic can prove most helpful, too. So do not forget to visit your local chiropractor regularly. By making sure your muscles, joints, and ligaments are properly aligned, you may be able to reduce the frequency with which your neck muscles spasm.

In closing, if you don’t have a chiropractor, please give us a call. Our Doctor of Chiropractic loves helping people just like you overcome problems like torticollis. So give us a call today. We’re here to help!

This article is copyrighted by Blogging Chiropractors for its Doctor of Chiropractic members and may not be copied or duplicated in any manner including printed or electronic media, regardless of whether for a fee or gratis without the prior written permission of Blogging Chiropractors.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.


Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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