A month or so ago, Jim and I decided (after much thinking) to remove Levi's helmet for awhile. After talking with the pediatrician, we thought it was in Levi's best interest to see if his head could be corrected without use of the helmet. His overall head shape had improved drastically, but his tilt wasn't showing much improvement and we were beginning to think that the helmet was hindering his muscles from strengthening.
Levi's torticollis is quite stubborn. His whole body is out of alignment and his neck and shoulder muscles are very tense, making it difficult for him to move in different positions other than his comfort zone. And unfortunately, his comfort zone is when he tilts his head to his left. Poor guy. He wants to move in other positions, but struggles because of the discomfort that comes along with it.
Today Levi had back to back appointments .... first with the chiropractor and then the physical therapist. He was such a trooper, with only a meltdown at the very end! I'm so thankful that we've found help (that is covered by our insurance) to correct this torticollis once and for all. It takes time, a lot of work (stretching, repositioning him, and not always letting him do the easy way of doing something), but I'm thankful to know that what we are doing is helping. It's a slow, gradual process but we are making gains.
Our handsome little man ... with head tilt and all :)
It will get better!