Plagiocephaly is a condition where a baby's head is flattened on one side, causing an asymmetrical appearance.
Risk factors of plagiocephaly include prematurity, prolonged labour, unusual birth position, complicated delivery, twins, limited neck position or preference in head position, older maternal age, and male gender.
While plagiocephaly is primarily a cosmetic concern, it can also impact a baby's development. The flattened side of the head can cause a distortion in the skull bones, which may affect brain development and cause issues with vision, hearing, balance and motor function.
Osteopaths are trained to identify and address any restrictions in the skull bones or surrounding tissues that may be contributing to plagiocephaly.
During a consultation, an osteopath will first conduct a thorough assessment to determine the cause of the flat head.
They will then use gentle manual techniques, such as craniosacral therapy or myofascial release, to release tension and improve alignment in the skull bones. This helps to encourage proper growth and development of the skull, reducing the severity of plagiocephaly.
Osteopathy is a safe and effective form of healthcare that can address the root causes of plagiocephaly, rather than just treating the symptoms. It is gentle and non-invasive, making it suitable for even the youngest patients.
Timing of treatment is critical since earlier treatment is more effective than later treatment. Seek the help of a qualified osteopath to promote healthy development and a happier, more comfortable baby.