“Our son is doing really well! He rolled over from tummy to back a couple times this week, he’s using his right side a lot more in tummy time, and in general is happy in his body.” (Written after torticollis session #2)
What if helping your baby to learn to move more freely could also be a bonding experience? Our Feldenkrais-based approach for babies with torticollis emphasizes learning new options for movement with a whole-body/whole-child approach. It can be used as a stand-alone approach or implemented in conjunction with traditional physical therapy exercises.
Addressing the whole body
When we look beyond this baby’s neck to observe her whole body, we notice that her left shoulder, and left ribs are also affected, the left side of her pelvis is raised and her left leg is flexed. With such an asymmetrical foundation, how could her head and neck do anything but tilt? (Not every baby follows this pattern, but every baby with torticollis has some pattern of holding throughout the body.)
We use this holistic view to inform the way we touch and move a baby to help them find more movement possibilities. A baby may react with tears and cries when her tight neck is stretched, but working with her ribs, her hip, or her leg, will feel less invasive to her and her neck muscles will receive a stretch that involves her whole self.
Addressing the whole child
Our approach focuses on how we can help your baby to learn to do the things they desire – i.e. to see your face, reach and grasp – as a way to overcome the limitations of torticollis. This makes the learning more meaningful and immediately rewarding to your baby. Improving reaching for a toy and bringing it to one’s mouth makes for a powerful motivation to learn to move beyond one’s limitations. Our gentle, effective holistic approach will help her to find new options for posture and movement that will benefit her for life.
Torticollis : 3 Private Sessions
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