What is Plagiocephaly (Flat Head Syndrome)?


Flat Head Syndrome is known as Positional Plagiocephaly (distortion of the side of the head) and
Brachycephaly (distortion of the back of the head).
Flat Head Syndrome is the misshaping of a baby’s head due to the effect of the weight of the head
pressing against a flat surface or mattress causing the skull bones to deform. It affects nearly half of
the babies born in the UK and whilst it is generally mild, it can become severe.
There a number of reasons why children may be affected, including sleeping positions, factors in the
womb, premature births and muscle problems.
Osteopathy looks at improving the overall mobility of the cranial bones in the skull, remove
restrictions in the spine which could be the cause of babies preferred head rest. This preference
could be a predisposing factor for the flat head and could prevent the head to reshape into its
normal mould.


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