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What is Torticollis? What is Plagiocephaly? Physiotherapy can help!

Posted on: September 27th, 2017 by Calgary Youth Physiotherapy No Comments

TORTICOLLIS AND PLAGIOCEPHALY

Torticollis is a common condition in babies that results in the child keeping their head turned or tipped to one side.  Children with torticollis often also have plagiocephaly or “flattening” on one side of their head as a result of consistently resting to the same side.

HOW DOES PHYSIOTHERAPY HELP?

Early intervention is essential to start correcting your baby’s headshape as early as possible.

Your physiotherapist will provide you with:

  • Hands-on treatment
  • Gentle exercises and stretches
  • Advice on positioning and holding your baby
  • Easy to follow instructions and pictures
  • Further referral to a specialist if needed

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL MY BABY NEED?

Your therapist will best be able to determine how many visits you will need after assessing your baby.  Babies with torticollis often develop a dominant side very early on, ongoing monitoring of their gross motor development is important to ensure they are developing symmetrically and meeting their motor milestones.

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