Babies sometimes develop a flattened head when they're a few months old, usually as a result of them
spending a lot of time lying on their back.

This is known as "flat head syndrome", and there are two main types:

  • 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, and sometimes the forehead and face may bulge a little on the flat side
  • Brachycephaly – the back of the head becomes flattened, causing the head to widen, and occasionally the forehead bulges out

These problems are quite common, affecting around one in every five babies at some point. In most cases they aren't a major cause for concern, as they don't have any effect on the brain and the head shape will often improve by itself over time. But in some cases where neck muscle development (torticollis) is the cause early intervention from a trained professional would be beneficial for 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.



Lanna Brydges
Head Physiotherapist


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 with calipers or with the only state of the art 3D scanner in the Okanagan. 

Assessment includes comprehensive testing of multiple systems such as:

Musculoskeletal - ROM, Strength, Joint movement (spine, arms & legs), myofascia
Nervous system (reflexes, tone)
Vestibular System
Visual System
Development - motor milestones
3D scans as appropriate
Energy Fields

    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
Development (milestones) facilitation
Individualized home programs

    Lanna Brydges is a specialized physiotherapist with over 27 years of experience.  Lanna’s last 12 years have been dedicated to the treatment, lecturing and researching of plagiocephaly and torticollis.

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

    For more information please visit

    or contact Lanna Brydges at 778-363-0343 or

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


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