“My son had some flattening on his head as he preferred to lay on one side. We went to a consultation with Wendy in which she diagnosed him with torticollis. We were alarmed. But she immediately put us at ease. She has a nurturing personality and that immediately came through. She first assured us that it was not anyone’s fault and that he can and will overcome torticollis. We left the consult with a wealth of knowledge on the condition, and armed with exercise tools and technique to use at home. Most of all, we had a sense of comfort that our baby would be in capable, highly skilled and experienced hands. I was impressed at all the information she gave us right away and all the tips and tricks she told us to implement right away. No need to wait around for other sessions to get started. She wanted our baby to get better right away. No gimmicks.
A few days later I called Wendy’s office to ask her opinion on a torticollis pillow I’d found online. She answered, jumped on the internet as I’m on the phone with her, read about the pillow and gave me her feedback. I was impressed she took the time to do that without me having to call back or go through a member of her staff first.
Wendy referred us to cranial technologies to address the flatness on his head. We are glad she referred us to such a skilled team. They were friendly, informative and guided us every step of the way through his helmet wearing days.
We saw Wendy for most of our son’s first year and he has flown through his milestones and has full range of motion of his neck and is completely healed of torticollis. It was such a pleasure to watch Wendy do her work which she did with joy and enthusiasm at every single session. She is one of the kindest, most loving person I know. I’m so glad I met her and just want to encourage anyone that needs a pediatric physical therapist to go see Wendy. We knew our baby was getting the highest quality of care in her hands and are confident that we made the best choice in seeing Wendy.” NR, White Plains, NY
Physical Therapy Treatment for Children with Torticollis
Early intervention is very important when treating children with Torticollis.
Early treatment should include the following:
Passive and Active Range of Motion
Positioning and Handling Guidelines
Righting Reactions/Postural Education
Strengthening and teaching the muscles the important positions for healthy development is the goal. With a combination of Physical Therapy and parental help at home, your child can overcome Torticollis.
This article has many helpful tips and lots of information for your baby’s physical health.
For those of you in the White Plains, NY area, Physical Therapy 4 Kids can help you and your baby with these needs. Contact us for more information.
Important information parents should know about Scoliosis.
Scoliosis is curvature of the spine. While symptoms can vary in each child, your pediatrician knows what to look for when your child is screened.
Although the cause is unknown, it’s more common to develop in girls and usually begins around puberty.
Treatment varies depending on the degree of curvature. In some cases, no treatment is needed and in other cases braces, physical therapy or surgery can correct this condition.
In this article, Dr. John Lubicky, a children’s pediatric orthopaedic surgeon from WVU Medicine, explains what parents need to know about scoliosis regarding this spinal condition, treatment and diagnosis.
If you suspect that your child has scoliosis, see your pediatrician right away. For those of you in the White Plains, NY area, call Physical Therapy 4 Kids. Physicaltherapy4kids.com can definitely help your child with this spinal condition.
“My son was born with severe torticollis and even had to wear a helmet. Fortunately, with physical therapy and chiropractic care, he improved. He hit all his milestones: smiling, clapping, waving, crawling, walking, and even some speech. By comparison to his twin I thought “Well Dominick is not behind, Jonathan is just a little advanced. Besides, he had to go through all that therapy and wear a helmet!” I never put that much thought into it until I noticed he wouldn’t make eye contact, respond to his name, and sometimes he would bang his head on the floor. He suffered from frequent ear infections, so my first overly protective, motherly assumption was, “Oh my God, he’s deaf!” I immediately scheduled an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat doctor.”
Recess & Kids – A Drug Free Path to Better Behavior
Some school policies allow for a teacher to withhold recess as a punishment for some behaviors such as being late, acting out in the classroom incomplete homework.
I’m willing to bet that if those children had more recess rather than the punishment of no recess that these “bad” behaviors would diminish. Don’t you as an adult feel better when you get break time or exercise? I know I do.
We, as parents, strive for our children to be more well rounded socially emotionally and intellectually. Recess is a big part of that equation.
Increased focus Sunlight gives us vitamin D, improving wellness Unstructured play can lead to stress reduction Recess leads to development of social skills Burning calories – fighting obesity Physical activity provides brain food
So, teachers & administrators, let’s give them more recess. I’m willing to bet that these “bad” behaviors will lessen. Recess is the drug free remedy. It’s worth a shot.