Robert B. Keller MD


Isometric Exercise: Hands on Head

In an isometric exercise, a force is applied against a resistant object, so that even though tension builds in a specific muscle, there is no movement. You can do isometric exercises to strengthen the muscles of your neck. For each exercise, keep your neck straight and look straight ahead. To exercise muscles at the…

Torticollis

Torticollis, also known as “wryneck,” occurs when a problem with the neck muscle makes the head turn to one side, lean to one side, and/or be pulled forward or backward. There are two types, congenital (at birth) and spasmodic. Congenital torticollis occurs at or shortly after birth. The neck muscle (sternocleidomastoid…

Spinal cord anatomy

The spinal cord is a soft bundle of nerves that extends from the base of the brain to the lower back. It runs through the spinal canal, which is protected by the bones of the spine (vertebrae). Messages between the brain and the nerve roots travel up and down the spinal cord. This makes it possible for the brain and…

Congenital Torticollis

Torticollis, also known as “wryneck,” is a condition in which your baby’s head is tilted. One of your newborn’s neck muscles is shortened. So the chin points to one shoulder, away from the shortened neck muscle. And the back of the head tilts toward the opposite shoulder.