Spasmodic Torticollis Doctor Los Angeles | Spasmodic Torticollis Treatment Los Angeles
Torticollis can be recognized by a person whose head is rotated and extended backwards and locked in the position. Spasmodic torticollis is a chronic condition where the head is stuck in this type of position and also has a rhythmic contraction that is involuntary. There can be several contributing factors to this conditions onset: upper cervical spine trauma, side effects of psyche medication and predisposing genetic factors. Later in this post we will discuss a little known procedure called Blair Upper Cervical that has been helping not only spasmodic torticollis patients but other chronic health conditions.
Below are a list of the types of spasmodic toticollis. Depending on which muscle groups are involved determines how the head is pulled of center:
There are three distinct variations of Spasmodic Torticollis: Tonic, in which the head turns to one side, Clonic, which involves the shaking of the head, and Mixed which involves both turning and shaking.
The turning of the head is generally considered to fall into one of four categories:
Rotational, in which the head turns to one side or the other
Laterocollis in which the head is pulled toward the shoulder
Retrocollis in which the head is pulled to the back, or
Anterocollis in which the head is pulled forward.
In fact, most people’s ST is more complex, having a combination of “pulling” from among these four categories.(1)
Upper Cervical Chiropractic has been Shown To Be An Effective Treatment For Spasmodic Torticollis
While conventional medicine has not found a cause behind Spasmodic Torticollis, it is most likely cause by trauma to the neck.(2-11) The cervical spine musculature is controlled in the brain-stem and vestibular nucleus. There are nerve pathways that come from the joints of the neck , to the vestibular nucleus, which control the tonicity of the neck muscles. It is possible that neck injury resulting from whiplash, sports injuries and other trauma can be the precipitating factor in spasmodic torticollis.
Injuries to the neck can cause damage to the ligaments and soft tissue that allow for normal joint motion. Abnormal joint motion causes aberrant effects into the central nerve system and not only can cause involuntary muscle spasm but can also cause dysfunction anywhere in the body. Some patients with dystonia will recall a severe accident which predates the onset of their symptoms. Others had a trauma and their problems took years to develop.
What Do Upper Cervical Chiropractors Do? | Los Angeles Chiropractor
Upper Cervical Doctors focus all of their practice focus on the top two bones in the neck and their relationship to the central nerve system. They run objective neurological tests to determine where you have nerve irritation. Once located a set of precise upper cervical xrays are taken to specifically determine which joint and what direction it has misaligned. The information is then used to make a precise upper cervical correction. The patient is then monitored over a period of time to determine whether or not the misalignment has returned. The goal is to maintain the correction so the central nerve system can restore normal function. We hope that this blog has been informative and will get into the hands of those that need it for their own healing.
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