Stiff Neck (Torticollis or wryneck) exercises

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Torticollis, or wryneck, is a stiff neck associated with muscle spasm, classically causing lateral flexion contracture of the cervical spine musculature (a condition in which the head is tilted to one side). The muscles affected are principally those supplied by the spinal accessory nerve.

Source of (above & below) _Torticollis. From Wikipedia

Torticollis can be congenital or acquired. Please read the congenital in Wiki or other place.

Acquired torticollis occurs because of another problem and usually presents in previously normal children and adults.

  • A self-limiting spontaneously occurring form of torticollis with one or more painful neck muscles is by far the most common (‘stiff neck’) and will pass spontaneously in 1–4 weeks. Usually the sternocleidomastoid muscle or the trapezius muscle is involved. Sometimes draughts, colds or unusual postures are implicated; however in many cases no clear cause is found. These episodes are rarely seen by doctors other than a family physician.
  • Trauma to the neck can cause atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation, in which the two vertebrae closest to the skull slide with respect to each other, tearing stabilizing ligaments; this condition is treated with traction to reduce the subluxation, followed by bracing or casting until the ligamentous injury heals.
  • Tumors of the skull base (posterior fossa tumors) can compress the nerve supply to the neck and cause torticollis, and these problems must be treated surgically.
  • Infections in the posterior pharynx can irritate the nerves supplying the neck muscles and cause torticollis, and these infections may be treated with antibiotics if they are not too severe, but could require surgical debridement in intractable cases.
  • Ear infections and surgical removal of the adenoids can cause an entity known as Grisel’s syndrome, a subluxation of the upper cervical joints, mostly the atlantoaxial joint, due to inflammatory laxity of the ligaments caused by an infection. This bridge must either be broken through manipulation of the neck, or surgically resected.
  • The use of certain drugs, such as antipsychotics, can cause torticollis.[4]
  • Antiemetics – Neuroleptic Class – Phenothiazines
  • There are many other rare causes of torticollis.

[edit] Spasmodic torticollis

Main article: spasmodic torticollis

Torticollis with recurrent but transient contraction of the muscles of the neck and esp. of the sternocleidomastoid. “intermittent torticollis . “cervical dystonia”

TREATMENT: Botulinus toxin has been used to inhibit the spastic contractions of the affected muscles.


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5 Responses to “Stiff Neck (Torticollis or wryneck) exercises”

  1. torticollis exercises - DIET AND EXERCISE BLOG – DIET AND EXERCISE BLOG Says:

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  2. Isaac Sicsu Says:

    I have a torticoli from 5 days , I will try your exercice and I will let you know , Thank’s .
    I am 81 years old but I am in good health ‘

  3. Suanne Niezgoda Says:

    Other factors that have been associated with muscle cramps include exercising in extreme heat. The belief is that muscle cramps are more common during exercise in the heat because sweat contains fluids as well as electrolyte (salt, potassium, magnesium and calcium). When these nutrients fall to certain levels, the incidence of muscle spasms increases. Because athletes are more likely to get cramps in the preseason, near the end of (or the night after) intense or prolonged exercise, some feel that a lack of conditioning results in cramps.*

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  4. Hurting Says:

    My Dr told me it is from sleeping under a ceiling fan. Has anyone else heard of that? I can find no information on this.

  5. Amir Nawaz Says:

    Thank you.. I had a very bad today from the pull up bar directly on my upper back and shoulder and was not able to move my neck and my head was tilted to one side.. But doing the exercises shown in the above video my movement was improved more then 50% just in 5 minutes.. Thank you again

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