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Managing Congenital Muscular Torticollis

Infant torticollis is an idiopathic syndrome frequently associated with injury before or during birth. Chiropractic interest in this ailment dates back a century.

This study comprised two elements and prompted several conclusions:

* A qualitative review of the literature on congenital and acquired infant torticollis indicated that chiropractic intervention might be an appropriate treatment option.

* An informative case study reported the success and lasting effect of chiropractic intervention after six sessions of chiropractic management involving low force adjusting and gentle myofascial release work.

* Although a single case study is hardly an adequate basis for generalized conclusions, let alone for establishing a treatment protocol, the fact that the condition had not begun to resolve prior to chiropractic intervention, coupled with the readily observed changes immediately following care, do suggest that chiropractic adjustments may be responsible.

As the author notes, a single case study is not an adequate basis for drawing generalized conclusions to larger patient populations. Thus, this paper presented a treatment protocol that was apparently successful for an isolated patient and poses questions for further research.

Colin N. Congenital muscular torticollis: a review, case study, and proposed protocol for chiropractic management. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic, Sept. 1998;5(3), pp27-33. Reprints: (800) 638-8437

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