This is a condition in which the sufferer is conscious of a ringing, buzzing or tinkling noise in one or both ears that has no external source. One in ten people have it in a mild way. For one in 100 people it is bad enough to affect their quality of life. It is more common in older
Torticollis people, but can occur at any age. Causes include TMJ syndrome, high or low blood pressure, and ear disorders such as compacted earwax, deafness, inner- or middle-ear infections and Meniere’s disease.
Note – Tight muscles in the head and neck or stress can trigger tinnitus and this can be relieved by Indian Head Massage. Ear candling also alleviates this condition.
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This is paralysis of the facial nerve (the seventh cranial nerve), causing weakness of muscles on one side of the face and an inability to close the eye. Causes include colds and chills, tumours, injury to the nerve, inner-ear infection, dental surgery, diabetes, pregnancy and hypertension. Most cases make a complete recovery.
Note – Gentle massage and facial exercises can help this condition, so long as it is not painful for the client to have their face touched.
Torticollis, commonly known as ‘wry neck’, is a deformity of the neck in which the head tilts toward one shoulder and the chin rotates toward the opposite shoulder. Congenital muscular torticollis is the most common form and is usually diagnosed in the first months of life. It is associated with a benign tumour in the sternocleidomastoid muscle and affects the right side in 75 per cent of cases. There may be a soft lump in the belly of the muscle that generally disappears, and the muscle feels tight and shortened. The theory is that during delivery, blood-flow to the affected neck muscle is reduced, causing damage. Physiotherapy is successful in curing the problem.
A stiff neck or ‘crick in the neck’ is also termed torticollis. This is normally due to sudden movement, sleeping in a draught or an awkward position and can lead to intense pain and stiffness in the muscles of the neck on one side. Rest will usually cure the condition. Extreme cases may require muscle relaxant medication or a surgical collar.