Plagiocephaly & Torticollis

Plagiocephaly, or flat head syndrome, is the asymmetrical flattening of your baby’s head.

Babies skulls need to be soft and flexible in order to fit through mum’s birth canal and to allow for their brains to grow. Because of this, if babies spend too much time lying with their head in one position they can develop a flat spot on their skull. This is common and occurs in up to 60% of babies.

It can be seen in isolation or in conjunction with a tight neck muscle (Torticollis). In Torticollis you may notice that your baby’s head tilts to one side or they have difficulty turning their head. There are many reasons why these conditions develop and our physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment.

Physiotherapy treatment programs are evidence-based and consist of:

  • Education
  • Play-based exercises
  • Teaching of posturing, carrying and play positions
  • Active stretching performed by parents
  • Tummy time education
  • Referring to other health professionals when required