Another condition that may occur as a result of torticollis is plagiocephaly, more commonly known as flat head syndrome. If we think back, the SCM attaches to the mastoid bone of the skull. During normal tightening of the SCM, this causes the head to be pulled into flexion or rotation. Because a baby’s skull bones are not yet completely fused (fusion does not happen until around two years of age in order to allow the brain to grow), excessive pulling on the mastoid bone in torticollis can also cause one side of the skull to have a flattened appearance.
In our office, we have one main goal: correct the primary structural shift in order to increase stability and decrease tension that this shift places on the spinal cord, allowing the nervous system, and thus, the body, function at their highest potential.