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Instructions for Stretching and Positioning Right Sternomastoid Torticollis

See also Instructions for Stretching and Positioning Left Sternomastoid Torticollis



1. For the following stretching exercises, the parent sits with the back against the wall and knees bent.

2. Place the child in your lap, with the child on her back and knees tucked.


1. Hold the child’s RIGHT shoulder down with your LEFT hand.

2. Place your RIGHT hand on top of the RIGHT side of the child’s head, and slowly bend her head towards her LEFT shoulder.

3. Hold the position for 10 seconds. Repeat 15 times, 4 to 6 times a day.



1. Place your RIGHT forearm against the child’s LEFT shoulder, and cup the child’s head with the same hand.

2. Use your LEFT hand to hold the child’s chin.

3. Slowly rotate the child’s face to her RIGHT.

Hold the position for 10 seconds. Repeat 15 times, 4 to 6 times a day.



Playing on stomach: When the child is on her stomach, position all toys in the crib so that the child has to turn her face to the RIGHT.


1. Hold the child facing away from you, in a side-lying position, with the child’s RIGHT ear resting against your RIGHT forearm.

2. Place your LEFT arm between the child’s legs and support the child’s body.

3. Carry the child in this position as much as possible.

Other Suggestions

1. Hold toys so that the child has to look up and out to her RIGHT.

2. Position child in crib so that activities in the room encourage her to look RIGHT.

3. While bottle feeding the child, position her to face RIGHT.

4. While holding the baby across the shoulder, position her to face RIGHT.


NOTICE: The information presented is for your information only, and not a substitute for the medical advice of a qualified physician. Neither the author nor the publisher will be responsible for any harm or injury resulting from interpretations of the materials in this article.

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