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Torticollis and Head Shape

If your baby is consistently looking one direction and you are starting to notice a flattening on the back of the head or on the same side they turn to it is best to start physio as early as possible. Every baby under goes a comprehensive assessment that involves many different aspects to give you an informed decision about the necessary steps forward. A common assessment would include: 

Justin Prenisilio, Owner of Stork Mobile Physiotherapy, Addressing Torticollis and Head Shape Concerns in Infants

  • Thorough history of the complications faced and how they are affecting development and symmetry of the neck and head.

  • In depth screen of the body from head to toe that examines the hips, back and neck, while also ruling out any additional conditions.

  • Measurement of the head to identify any cranial deformities.

  • Education about safe repositioning and how to change the environment in your own home to identify simple ways to help with their movements.

  • Therapeutic exercises that are taught to the parents to feel comfortable, while also giving tips on what to feel and watch for. 

  • Incorporating motor milestones and appropriate actions to improve their skills as necessary.

  • Discussion about indications and expectations of when a helmet could be appropriate and referral to an orthotist if required.

In order to effectively treat torticollis and cranial deformities with conservative care, seek help as early as possible! Optimal timing to help make a large difference is between 0-2 months of age!

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