Saturday, November 25, 2017

Don't Force "Tummy Time"

Many pediatricians insist that "tummy time" is the best way to treat Torticollis. 

Unfortunately, the horse is already out of the barn! To mitigate the persistent tilt, you must find creative ways to have the baby lie on the belly without encouraging the tilt. If it's a right tilt, use a small wedge-shaped pillow, just an inch or less under the right arm or elbow so it invites a slight opening on the right side.

Or you can try having the baby on a higher surface than you are, on a bed or couch with you right beside him on the floor. That way he is safe and happy to see your face. You will have to play with different ways of helping the baby lift his head away from the shoulder in the prone position in a way that is painless for him. If the baby squirms, cries or fusses, that's a good sign of pain or discomfort. That's when you need to experiment with other positions.

If you have a baby who has Torticollis please contact me at: Nancy@NancyPT4Kids.com


Sunday, October 9, 2016

PT's, PTA's, OT's & OTA's, please come and join me for my one day workshop into more gentle ways of treating Torticollis.

Date: Sunday, October 30th, 2016
Place: NYC

Date: Monday, November 28th, 2016
Place: Lakewood, NJ




Since 1992, when the “Back to Sleep” was created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Torticollis has been on the rise. A shocking number of babies, approximately 1 in 250-300 babies develop Torticollis with or without Plagiocephally. It is a simple problem that can be fixed with easy steps. Six years ago I created this course based on years of successful treatment of infants and toddlers with Torticollis. By utilizing fine and gross motor milestones along with principles from yoga, The Feldenkrais & The Anat Baniel Method I teach therapists how to easily create environments that foster the correct head and neck positions.

We ourselves will move on the floor, exploring some fundamental infantile motor patterns that alone can mitigate the problem. We have videos of treatment and try to have live babies for demonstration. The method that I have devised is based on side of the Torticollis and the age and skill level of the child.

By analyzing the age of the baby, the side of the Torticollis and how they move and what they do throughout the day, we learn to create a treatment program that is unique. I see many infants just one or two times, as changing their positioning and handling is often all that is needed. Please come and share the day, learning how to become movement detectives to discover what specifically should be done for that particular baby

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Welcome Parents!

As a provider of physical therapy for children based on Feldenkrais and the Anat Baniel Method for Children, I am happy to share the latest news as it happens, and let you know what I'm doing with my patients that might be useful in general. I hope to be posting weekly at the beginning. Please check back soon~

~ Nancy

Since 1992, when the “Back to Sleep” was created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Torticollis has been on the rise. A shocking number of babies, approximately 1 in 250-300 babies develop Torticollis with or without Plagiocephally. It is a simple problem that can be fixed with easy steps. Six years ago I created this course based on years of successful treatment of infants and toddlers with Torticollis. By utilizing fine and gross motor milestones along with principles from yoga, The Feldenkrais & The Anat Baniel Method I teach therapists how to easily create environments that foster the correct head and neck positions.

We ourselves will move on the floor, exploring some fundamental infantile motor patterns that alone can mitigate the problem. We have videos of treatment and try to have live babies for demonstration. The method that I have devised is based on side of the Torticollis and the age and skill level of the child.

By analyzing the age of the baby, the side of the Torticollis and how they move and what they do throughout the day, we learn to create a treatment program that is unique. I see many infants just one or two times, as changing their positioning and handling is often all that is needed. Please come and share the day, learning how to become movement detectives to discover what specifically should be done for that particular baby