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Paediatric Physiotherapy

Paediatric Physiotherapy

Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont provide paediatric physiotherapy services to infants with plagiocephaly and/or torticollis, these are typically identified at your GP or child health check ups.

Plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly (Play-gee-o-ceph-a-lee) is the word used described a mis-shaped or flat head. It is very common to present with positional plagiocephaly where the asymmetry of the head shape occurs due to prolonged positioning in one spot for a period of time. Due to this external pressure it can cause changes to the baby’s physical appear causing their eye socket, ear and forehead and overall facial shape to change. However, it is important to note it doesn’t not affect the development of the brain.

If left untreated, these asymmetries can be permanent. Furthermore, this can affect awareness to midline, awareness to limb function and gross motor movement patterns.

Risk factors:

  • first time mums
  • multiple children
  • large birth weight
  • breech delivery

Signs:

  • shape of your baby’s head can be unusual for the the first six weeks after birth- different to flat spot on on side or the back of the head appearing completing flat
  • noticing a preferred side to face
  • prolonged positions lying on their back

Plagiocephaly is also associated with Torticollis. Torticollis (Tor-ti-coll-is) is when the muscles on one side of the neck become very active.

Have you noticed you baby preferring to look in one direction?

The muscle along side of the neck is the – Sternocleidomastoid (sterno-clei-doe-mas-toid). Risk factors are the same mentioned aboved. Torticollis can present with/without a lump throughout the sternocleidomastroid muscle which restricts active range of motion from the shorten muscle length. True torticollis presents with tight muscles on side they prefer to look at (neck rotation) and limited side flexion of the neck (ear to shoulder) on the opposite side.

 

Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont can help children of Perth:

  • assess you child’s head and neck symmetry, range of motion
  • provide treatment strategies and education through positional techniques

 

Remember:

  • Plagiocephaly and congenital torticollis  is usually easily treated if addressed early

Talk to your GP or Child health nurse if you have any concern regarding your child’s health.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont (08) 9385 0424 or  book online

 

Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont provide paediatric physiotherapy services to infants with plagiocephaly and/or torticollis, these are typically identified at your GP or child health check ups.Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont provide paediatric physiotherapy services to infants with plagiocephaly and/or torticollis, these are typically identified at your GP or child health check ups.