Head and Trunk Alignment

Babies who demonstrate a head posture bias typically have the ability to look and move their head in all directions, however, their default posture is characterized by a head tilt and/or a turn towards a specific direction. This head posture bias can be a symptom of an underlying neck muscle dysfunction called congenital muscular torticollis (CMT). CMT affects the alignment of the spine and can impact future development. See details of this condition under the “Torticollis” menu tab. Some babies may also demonstrate a bias for the trunk and hips to curve towards one particular side.

The babies below have CMT. Notice the different head posture biases below:

“Before and After” pictures of babies who have been treated by EARLYstart Pediatric Physical Therapy: