Babies can develop a flattened or mishapened head usually as a result of positioning.  Babies skulls are soft and the shape can change from pressure.

This is called PLAGIOCEPHALY which is sometimes referred to as "flat head syndrome".

There are many types of plagiocephaly but the two most common types are:

  • Positional Plagiocephaly – the head is flattened on one side, causing it to look asymmetrical; the ears may be misaligned and the head looks like a parallelogram when seen from above.  The forehead can protrude forward
    and the eyes and cheeks may be asymmetrical
  • Brachycephaly – the back of the head becomes flattened, causing the head to widen and the skull
    to be higher at the back.

These problems are quite common affecting around 1 in every 5 babies.  If the severity is mild, the concerns are cosmetic (looks only).  Moderate and sever cases however may have medical and developmental concerns if left untreated.

Some babies plagiocephaly may be caused by torticollis.  Torticollis is when a baby can’t fully move their head or position it straight.  This then puts more pressure on one area of the head and can cause it to flatten.  It is very important that torticollis is treated and fully resolved as it can affect the babies other systems including spine, muscles, motor development, reflexes,
visual and vestibular systems.

If your baby has a misshapen head, a head tilt, a strong preference to look one direction or cannot fully turn their head both ways, early intervention from a trained professional would be beneficial to your little one.

If you have concerns about your babies head shape or need help with torticollis than call the Okanagan's only Physiotherapy Clinic that is dedicated to dealing with head shape and torticollis:
Okanagan Head Shape & Torticollis Clinic.

     

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Lanna Brydges
Head Physiotherapist

778-363-0343

Okanagan Head Shape & Torticollis Clinic works only with babies and toddlers and is very family centered and multidisciplinary, working closely with other healthcare professionals including physicians, pediatricians, public health nurses, orthotists and of course with you - the family. Their philosophy is holistic in nature - believing that the body is an amazing intricate design of many systems working together!  So all systems should be considered when assessing and treating for optimal outcome (musculosketal, nervous, vestibular, sensory, visual and more). Cranial measurements can be taken using calipers or with the only state of the art 3D scanner in the Okanagan. 

Assessment includes comprehensive testing of multiple systems such as:

Musculoskeletal - Range of Motion, Strength, Joint movement (spine, arms & legs), Fascia
Nervous system
Vestibular System
Visual System
Development - motor milestones
3D scans as appropriate

Custom treatments are derived from both Western and Eastern techniques and include:
Manual therapy
Craniosacral therapy
Myofascial release
Vestibular inputting
Visual inputting
Energy techniques
Functional patterning
Strengthening
Development (milestones) facilitation
Individualized home programs

    Lanna Brydges is a physiotherapist with over 27 years of experience.  Lanna has specialized in treatment and research of plagiocephaly and torticollis over the last 12 years.  She has lectured and provided education to a variety of community groups and partners.

    And most importantly, at the Okanagan Head Shape & Torticollis Clinic, there is NO WAITLIST,
    which is important since early intervention is crucial!

    For more information please visit
    www.headshapeclinic.ca

    or contact Lanna Brydges at 778-363-0343 or info@headshapeclinic.ca

Okanagan Head Shape & Torticollis Clinic, 2000 Enterprise Way, Suite #201, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9S9

     

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