Paediatric Physiotherapy for Plagiocephaly Orillia

Discover the transformative power of early intervention with pediatric physiotherapy. Give your child the best start in life by addressing plagiocephaly now, ensuring they grow up healthy and confident.

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Learn How To Prevent and Correct a Flat Spot on Your Baby’s Head Today!

Early intervention is key to optimize your child’s development and potential. By neglecting their physiotherapy needs, you may risk missing out on the many benefits that can help your child reach their full potential.

  • Delayed development of physical abilities, such as walking, crawling, and running
  • Poor posture and body mechanics, leading to future injury
  • Decreased confidence and self-esteem
  • Limited ability to reach developmental milestones and age-appropriate physical capabilities.
  • Difficulty participating in physical activities and sports

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What is Plagiocephaly?

Plagiocephaly (flat head) is very common in infants and is when a baby’s skull is flattened on one side of the back or front of their head. It can be congenital (present at birth) or develop during infancy (positional or deformational). 

The cranial bones of a newborn are thin and flexible so may change shape easily if a baby spends a lot of time on their back with their head in one position. It does not usually cause serious complications, however, if not treated, may cause uneven growth of their face/head as the bones become fused together as they grow and develop.

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What To Look For

A flat spot on the side or back of their head will be visible or you may notice asymmetries of the ears, or a change in facial features.

Our Approach to Care / What To Expect

Treatment from our paediatric physiotherapist can include some or all of the following:

  • Stretching techniques to maintain full neck range of movement and prevent secondary complications such as Torticollis (wry neck).
  • Education on positional techniques that still allows your baby to sleep on its back to reduce the risk of SIDS, but will alternate the position of your baby’s head to reduce the amount of time spent on the flattened side. 
  • Prescription of activities to help reduce the amount of time that your baby spends on its back.

Improve your child’s physical and mental well being

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Common Conditions treated with paediatric physiotherapy

  • Achondroplasia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Congenital conditions including torticollis, plagiocephaly (flat spot), hip dysplasia, talipes, Erb’s Palsy/Brachial Plexus Injury)
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Developmental delay (gross motor delay or global developmental delay)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Genetic conditions and syndromes
  • Low Tone (hypotonia) or high tone (hypertonia)
  • Muscular Dystrophy and Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Musculoskeletal concerns (Flat Feet, Legg-Calve Perthes Disease, Severs, Osgood schlatters, Jumper’s knee, metatarsus adductus, in toeing/out toeing, genu valgum (knocked knees), genu varus (bow legs), leg length discrepancies, w-sitting)
  • Neurological conditions (traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries etc.)
  • Prematurity
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida and neural tube defects
  • Toe Walking

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Getting Started Is Easy

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Call Us or Book Online

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Develop an Individualized Plan

The physiotherapist will work alongside you and your child to create a treatment plan based on their specific needs.

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Accomplish Their Goals

Begin treatment and help your child reach their full potential.

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We can submit your health claims directly to most insurance providers, saving you time and paperwork. We make it easier and more convenient for you to access the care you need.

Plagiocephaly Orillia FAQs

Reach out if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

Early intervention is crucial for effective treatment of plagiocephaly. It is recommended to begin physiotherapy as soon as any signs of a flat spot are noticed, which is typically within the first two to four months after birth. Starting treatment during this time leverages the natural growth spurts and the malleability of an infant’s skull to achieve better results. The earlier the intervention, the more likely it is that the skull shape will normalize with minimal intervention.

Paediatric physiotherapy for plagiocephaly is generally very safe and poses minimal risk when conducted by a paediatric physiotherapist. The techniques used are specifically designed for infants and are gentle, focusing on safe stretches and movements that address the condition without overwhelming the child. The primary goal is always the safety and comfort of the infant, ensuring that therapy sessions contribute positively to their overall development and condition improvement.

Supporting your child’s physiotherapy at home is crucial for success. Parents can implement several strategies to complement professional treatments, such as consistently alternating the baby’s head position during sleep and awake time to evenly distribute pressure on the skull. Engaging in supervised playtime that encourages the baby to turn their head in different directions and incorporating tummy time throughout the day are also beneficial. These activities not only support the treatment of plagiocephaly but also promote overall motor development and reduce the risk of developmental delays.

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