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Mississauga, ON L5C 1V8


Torticollis: How Paediatric Physiotherapy Can Help

All About Torticollis - All About Kids

Welcome to the All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre, located in Mississauga, ON! Today, we’re diving into a common yet often misunderstood condition affecting infants/babies: torticollis. We’ll explore what torticollis is, its effects on a child’s development, and how physiotherapy at All About Kids can be a game-changer in alleviating the symptoms.


Understanding Torticollis

The term “torticollis,” which is formed from the combination of the Latin words “tortus” (twisted) and “collum” (neck), describes a condition in which there is a head tilt to one side and restricted/limited neck movement. It is frequently seen in infants/babies, particularly during the first few months of life. While the precise origin of torticollis varies, neck muscular rigidity or shortening is frequently the primary cause, resulting in pain and limited range of motion.


Effects on Development of Babies

Untreated torticollis in babies can have significant implications for a child’s development. Beyond the physical discomfort, it can hinder the attainment of developmental milestones such as reaching, crawling, and even simple interactions like maintaining eye contact. Additionally, persistent torticollis can lead to plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome), further complicating matters.


The Role of Pediatric Physiotherapy

Fortunately, pediatric physiotherapy offers effective solutions for managing and treating torticollis. All All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre, by employing gentle exercises, stretches, and positioning techniques, our paediatric physiotherapists can help loosen tight muscles, improve range of motion, and correct postural asymmetry.

For more information about our paediatric physiotherapists here at All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre, visit our website at this link!


How Physiotherapy Helps

  • Early Intervention: Prompt identification and intervention are crucial for successful treatment. Starting physiotherapy early for your baby can prevent the condition from worsening and mitigate its impact on development.
  • Customized Treatment Plans: Our paediatric physiotherapists at All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre tailor custom treatment plans to each child’s unique needs, considering factors such as age, severity of torticollis, and any accompanying conditions.
  • Parental Involvement: Parents play a vital role in the treatment process. Our physiotherapists at All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre educate our parents on exercises and techniques that can be incorporated into daily routines to maximize progress.


The Physiotherapy Process

When a baby is diagnosed with torticollis, the journey towards improvement begins with an initial assessment by a paediatric physiotherapist. During this evaluation, our paediatric physiotherapists at All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre will observe the child’s movements, assess their range of motion, and identify areas of tightness or asymmetry.

Based on the assessment findings, our paediatric physiotherapist will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your child’s needs. This plan may include a combination of passive stretching, active exercises, manual therapy techniques, and parental education on home exercises and positioning strategies.

Throughout the treatment process, regular follow-up appointments allow our paediatric physiotherapist to monitor progress, adjust the treatment plan as needed, and provide ongoing support to the child and their family.


The Benefits of Physiotherapy for Torticollis

Paediatric physiotherapy offers a range of benefits for children with torticollis:

  • Improved Range of Motion: Physiotherapy techniques help to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the neck, allowing for increased flexibility and range of motion.
  • Enhanced Motor Skills: By addressing postural asymmetry and promoting proper alignment, physiotherapy facilitates the development of gross motor skills such as crawling, rolling, and sitting.
  • Prevention of Complications: Early intervention with physiotherapy can help prevent secondary complications associated with torticollis, such as plagiocephaly and developmental delays.
  • Empowerment for Parents: Physiotherapy empowers parents with the knowledge and skills to support their child’s development at home, fostering a sense of confidence and empowerment.


Check out this Youtube video to learn more about torticollis! 

At All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre, we understand the challenges parents face when their baby is diagnosed with torticollis. Our dedicated team of pediatric physiotherapists are committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care to help your baby unlock their full potential. If you suspect your child may have torticollis or are seeking support for their development, don’t hesitate to reach out. Together, we can guide your child towards a future of freedom and mobility.


For more information or question contact us at:

All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre

155 Queen St E, Mississauga, ON, L5G 3L9




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Unit 1 – 3413 Wolfedale Rd

Mississauga, ON L5C 1V8

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