This happens when the muscles that connect the breastbone and collarbone to the skull (sternocleidomastoid muscle) are shortened. The cause of your baby's head tilt, is because the neck muscle is shortened on one side of the neck and it pulls their head into a tilt or rotation.
Children are the most vulnerable to subluxation. They are rapidly growing and developing while exploring their environment. Continual bumps and falls can place unhealthy strain on the spine. Poor seated posture, especially in adolescents, can create subluxations.
Pediatric vertebral subluxation is potentially the most pervasive and most unrecognized cause of persistent health problems in today's childhood population. The identification of this problem requires a detailed and thorough examination of a child's spine.
The subtle warning signs which might be present to indicate the existence of spinal subluxation in children may include:
Stiffness or restricted back or neck movement. Posture showing the head being tilted to one side; one shoulder higher than the other; one hip higher than the other; or one leg longer than the opposite.
Any child who has pain when light pressure is applied to any part of the spine, or who has tightness or muscle spasm anywhere along the spine, should have a thorough spinal examination to determine the possible cause.