When my son was one month old, we began a holy trip to the doctors. The children’s local neurologist was on the way. As soon as we entered the office (I must say, it was late autumn, and the child was in diapers and a warm envelope), the doctor told the nurse: write, which means torticollis …. I have never been there again.
While I was looking for a more suitable paid doctor, who would have looked into the envelope and looked at my child, I read a lot about torticollis. Methods of correction according to the estimates of various specialists are many.
It all depends on the time, financial resources of the parents, as well as the limits of reasonableness of these parents. Someone is running to the manual, someone is doing a massage, and someone (like me) is looking for some more specialists to confirm or deny the diagnosis. Well, or at least do an ultrasound.
This is what I learned
Muscular torticollis is considered the most common disease of the newborn. As with any disease, treatment should be started as early as possible and it should include: physiotherapy, massage, position therapy.
Treatment with the situation, in my opinion, is quite easily doable and its essence is that the baby should be placed on a semi-rigid mattress, and toys, and other distractions should be from the side of the torticollis. But, in any case, this direction should be clarified with the doctor. I, like a little bird, would have asked the doctor to show on my child the specific direction of this situation.
Now about massage: it should take the leading place. It should be held in conjunction with a tonic complex, which corresponds to the age and development of the baby.
The peculiarities of massage with twisted legs consist in a different approach and manipulations to the sick and healthy side of the back: stroking and rubbing are performed on the healthy side, while relaxation techniques (vibration, stroking, gentle stretching) on the shoulder girdle are used on the patient.
Also, there should be a firming massage (applying the methods of rubbing, pinching, puncturing, tapping) in the area of the scapula. During chest massage, relaxation techniques are usually applied on the sore side in the upper chest, and the lower chest is massaged symmetrically.
With face asymmetry, they also massage the cheek, while using stroking and rubbing techniques from the healthy side, and stroking and vibration downwards from the diseased side.
Also, it is necessary not to forget about therapeutic gymnastics – laying out on one side, reflex extension of the spine, turns from the back to the tummy.
And now MOST IMPORTANT: if a normal massage can be performed (in my opinion) by a healthy child by the mother, here I definitely think a specialist should work.
There is no need to think about saving or anything like that. The main task of the mother is to find a GOOD specialist, to find out for herself what exactly she is doing with her child and for what.
In my case, everything worked out: ultrasound, as well as other experts did not reveal anything and let go of living on. But the cases are different and moms should be fully armed to raise the most healthy and intelligent kids, in spite of our time, medicine and education.