TAMO therapy as a major component of physical therapy intervention for an infant with congenital muscular torticollis: a case report

Pediatr Phys Ther. Fall 2005;17(3):209-18. doi: 10.1097/01.pep.0000179176.20035.f0.

Abstract

Purpose: Tscharnuter Akademie for Motor Organization (TAMO) therapy is a therapeutic approach based on dynamic theories of motor control. Research evidence supporting this approach is limited. The purpose of this case report is to describe the use of TAMO therapy in the physical therapy intervention for an infant with congenital muscular torticollis (CMT). The patient was a 4.5-month-old baby boy (corrected age) with left CMT.

Methods: Intervention included TAMO therapy, active range of motion exercise, soft tissue mobilization, and parent instruction. Changes in the amount of lateral head tilt were documented using still photography

Results: The infant assumed a midline head position in the supine position by the second weekly visit and maintained a midline head alignment during all functional activities by the eighth visit.

Conclusion: This case report is the first attempt to describe a successful application of TAMO therapy as a major component of physical therapy intervention for an infant with CMT.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Exercise Movement Techniques
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Physical Therapy Specialty / methods*
  • Torticollis / congenital
  • Torticollis / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Twins