conditions - what we treat

What we
treat

Orthotic treatment options for Plagiocephaly/ Brachycephaly include casting or scanning of the head to allow a corrective helmet to be made. This will require periodic adjustment as the cranial shape develops and is corrected.

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What is Plagiocephaly?

Plagiocephaly means “oblique head” (from Greek: plagio = oblique, and cephale = head). It’s called a parallelogram deformity because if you look down on the infant’s head (bird’s-eye-view), this is the shape you will see. From this angle it looks as if half of the head has been pushed forward, often accompanied by misalignment of the ears, facial asymmetry and bulging forehead.

Use of Helmeting 

Helmets are usually made of an outer hard shell with a foam lining. Gentle, persistent pressures are applied to capture the natural growth of an infant’s head, while inhibiting growth in the prominent areas and allowing for growth in the flat regions. As the head grows, adjustments are made frequently. The helmet essentially provides a tight, round space for the head to grow into.

FAQs

How long will my child wear a helmet?

he average treatment with a helmet is usually three to six months, depending on the age of the infant and the severity of the condition. Careful and frequent monitoring is required. Helmets must be prescribed by a licensed physician with craniofacial experience. 

Treatments

Head, Neck & Spine

We have a range of treatments available for Head, Neck and Spine support.

Paediatrics

Supporting children's orthoses needs with our range of Paediatrics custom or ready to wear solutions

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