“I woke up this morning and I can’t turn my neck.” This has been a common complaint this summer in the northtowns of Buffalo. It’s time to come and see us. The health offices at Riverview Chiropractic Health are here to serve you. When it is hot at night, we put on the air conditioning and/or the overhead fan goes on. It gets cool over night as you move from side to side to get comfortable in bed. The covers go on and off. Then you wake up in the morning and you find this restricting pain. It can happen as a young child, school kids, grown kids, adults and even Grandparents can get spasmodic Torticollis.

This has been a recurring scenario in our health offices this summer. The diagnosis is Torticollis after our turtle and tortoise friends “Torti” and collar “collis”. Our reptilian friends can not turn their head to look over either shoulder. Now, neither can you. Some people who experience this malady will often be too afraid to have anyone touch it right away. Don’t let that get in your way. The doctors have many ways they can use to adjust you. A chiropractic adjustment can be administered by hand, table assisted or even with a tool we call an activator. If you are in so much pain that you can’t be touched, we can still help.The real key is getting to it right away. The sooner you are examined, the sooner help will be on the way. Some babies are born with or shortly after acquire a form of torticollis and head shape that takes months to work out. This infantile torticollis and plagiocephaly is a different treatment protocol, but can be addressed and healed naturally without surgical intervention. Our health offices often get referrals from local physicians and physical therapists to help babies to overcome this condition with gentle chiropractic care.

But children and adults who incur spasmodic torticollis will be feeling better within a few days. Any range between 3-5 visits is expected. However, even after your first adjustment the range of motion in your neck will be enhanced noticeably and a better night’s sleep will be yours. There will be some home exercises utilized as well as some soft tissue work at your visits. Home use of ice and biofreeze or sombra can be helpful. A massage can also help your body to heal comfortably.

Is it too late? Maybe this has happened to you a while ago and you have just not felt right since. No, it is not too late to make an appointment and start feeling better. We have seen patients that develop a head tilt due to the contractures of the musculature that develop in time of not getting adjusted. As with any injury, postponing treatment can delay the healing time.

What if it happens again? Unfortunately, this condition can recur. That is why it is so important to stick to the treatment plan that your chiropractor sets out for you. Everyone is different and we experience different challenges in our own unique way. But, even if it happens again, we can help you to overcome it quickly.

How do I prevent it? As with many conditions, regular chiropractic care that we call “Maintenance” visits can help you to keep Torticollis away. Being careful of temperature changes through the night can also play an important role. Regular exercise is important for all of us. Keeping our muscles and cardiovascular system active is a very important part of prevention. Regular and appropriate sleep schedules can help. Being sure you are drinking enough water is very important, especially in the summer months. Lastly, eating an anti inflammatory diet is particularly helpful in keeping Torticollis and any musculoskeletal condition in check. Foods high in refined flour, sugar and nutritionally empty carbohydrates can be the enemy when your body is feeling inflammation.

The goal for our health offices is to help generations of families to pursue optimal health naturally. We are here to answer any questions you may have about torticollis, neck pain or any challenge you are facing to your health. Trying chiropractic first is excellent advice when your body is facing any health challenge. Working naturally with joint motion, soft tissue therapies, nutrition and exercise can keep you living the lifestyle that you desire