Spasmodic torticollis is also referred to as wryneck or Wry Neck. Symptoms include painful muscle spasms in the neck and inflammation. With severe symptoms, the neck stays to the right or left in a state of paralysis.
From the natural perspective wryneck is a muscular problem, possibly stemming from an injury affecting the nerves. Anti-spasmodics and nervines may help relieve symptoms, release muscular tension and relaxes the nerves.
Support a healthy lifestyle by removing tobacco, alcohol, coffee, black tea, and soda from your diet.
Ask your doctor about these natural supplements to support your body’s ability to better handle the symptoms.
Magnesium malate, increasing each day, until the stools loosen up. Magnesium allows the muscles to relax, avoiding spasm.
Arnica cream applied topically every few hours for temporary pain relief.
Herbs for Wry Neck
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Dave’s Recovery Formula – anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic
Cramp bark – works quickly for all kinds of muscle cramps including neck and menstrual.
Black Cohosh – muscle spasms, hot flashes, and other hormonal issues.
Chamomile – anti-inflammatory, relaxes as well as improves muscles.
Cell Salts to Help Wry Neck
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#8 Mag Phos 6X – sharp shooting, boring, shifting pains in neck. Stiffness in neck. Better from heat
#9 Nat Mur 6X – neck sensitive to touch, can’t keep head up. Painful stiffness in neck.
#11 Nat Sulph 6X – severe pain in neck at base of brain. Caused by head or brain injuries
Wry Neck Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Lachnanthes (#1) – Spasmodic torticollis with pain and stiffness drawn to the right side, as if dislocated when moved. Wry neck to right side. Top remedy.
Belladonna – Throbbing pain, stiff neck and the right shoulder. Pain in nape of neck as if it would break. Neck worse on left side.
Causticum – Dull pain in nape of neck caused by cold dry wind. Stiff neck on rising from chair and hard to move the head. Muscle atrophy and raw burning pain. Neck worse on right side. Worse 3 – 4 pm; better from warmth of bed.
Cicuta virosa – Twitching and spasms on bending of head backward. From severe neck and spinal trauma or head injuries. Back arches. Epileptic-type seizures.
Cimicifuga – Muscular pains of the neck and shoulders. Feels like a black cloud overhead. Stiff neck, sensitive, worse pain or pressure which causes nausea.
Lycopodium – Neck is much usually right side, but can be left-sided. Pain and stiffness. All symptoms worse 4 to 8 pm. Throbbing or pulsating pain. Tension in nape of neck. One side of neck stiff and swollen or emaciated.
Phosphorus – Neck worse on left side. Sensitive, stiff, lipoma (non-cancerous fatty benign tumor) on neck, cramping, burning.
Rhus tox – Stiffness and pain on movement, but better upon continued motion. Worse in cold weather or dampness. From injury, over lifting or over use.