Torticollis Treatment in Wheat Ridge CO


Torticollis literally means “twisted neck” in latin and it is a condition that many infants experience. Babies who suffer from torticollis commonly have their head tilted towards one shoulder with their chin facing the opposite shoulder and are unable to turn their head in one direction. This doesn’t cause pain initially but if left untreated can be detrimental to your child’s growth and development. Children who experience torticollis may also suffer from neck pain, hip dysplasia and other “growing pain”. Chiropractic care can help correct torticollis and prevent the secondary problems associated. If you live in the Wheat Ridge area, contact Dr. Al Simeone for gentle, effective torticollis correction.


There are two main ways your baby or infant has torticollis. Congenital torticollis is commonly caused by the baby being in a breached position or based on how he or she was positioned in the womb. The second way is from the stress that is placed on your babies neck joints and muscles during the birthing process. Dr. Al Simeone has seen children as old as 9 years old who had been left untreated. Fortunately, torticollis in newborns and infants can effectively be resolved by gentle and precise chiropractic care.


Infants and children are often referred to physical therapy when suffering from torticollis. While this can help with strengthening muscles, it takes more time because it ignores the joint and nerve system that has been damaged. Chiropractic care gently corrects proper neck alignment for babies, infants and children allowing their nerve system to properly regulate growth and development. Dr. Al Simeone makes gentle hands-on adjustments for infants and parents are often surprised at how fast chiropractic care can correct their child’s neck alignment. When the nerves in the neck are unpinched, the body is able to properly regulate healthy growth and development.

FAQ for Torticollis

Why does torticollis happen?

Torticollis can occur if the baby’s head and neck are in an awkward position while in the womb or caused by a vigorous movement of the neck during the birthing process. In either case torticollis is caused by the ligaments and nerves in the upper spine being irritated.

Can torticollis come back?

Yes, torticollis can come back. If you experience recurrent attacks of torticollis it is called benign paroxysmal torticollis.

Can torticollis affect the eyes?

Yes, the medical term is called ocular plagiocephaly when torticollis causes a strabismus due to a chronic imbalance of the eye muscles.

Can torticollis affect swallowing?

Torticollis can cause developmental issues that affect feeding and latching. If you notice your baby only latch on one side then he or she may be experiencing torticollis.

Can torticollis cause facial asymmetry?

Yes, if a baby experiences torticollis with their head tilted towards the side with a shortened sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle they are likely to have facial asymmetry if their torticollis is not treated.

Who treats torticollis?

Doctors of chiropractic are experts at treating musculoskeletal conditions especially those related to the spine. Torticollis means “twisted neck” in latin.

How is torticollis treated?

Torticollis is treated with gentle and precise chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments for babies is a sustained pressure with light vibration to gently slide the bone back into alignment.

Contact Your Chiropractor in Wheat Ridge if Your Baby has Torticollis

If you notice your baby or child is showing symptoms of torticollis, please call us as soon as possible to Schedule an appointment with our Wheat Ridge chiropractor: