Adelaide Family Chiropractic

Flat Head / Plagiocephaly

Adelaide Hills Chiropractors at Better Back Chiropractic in Oakbank have had years of experience helping babies improve from deformational plagiocephaly (flat head/misshapen head).

Chiropractic has been shown to significantly help Restore Normal Head Shape to infants (4).

How does a baby’s head get misshapen?

Spinal tension can cause your child to favour looking toward one direction. This leads to a particular spot of their soft skull to frequently be in contact with the surface they are laying on creating a change in the shape and position of the skull bones – appearing as a flat spot and uneven ears when observing from above (see diagram). The proper name for this entity is deformational plagiocephaly.

Check out our MUST READ Blog post:
“What You Need To Know About Your Baby’s Flat Head / Misshapen Head / Plagiocephaly.”

You will learn in this blog post that there is an association between a child’s head shape, body movement coordination, and learning potential. There is no need to be alarmed if your child has a misshapen head. However recent medical research recommends that if your child has a flat spot on their head they should be assessed to ensure their neuromuscular development is not delayed. (1)

Primary Goal of chiropractic in the case of plagiocephaly is to restore normal spinal function. Doing so has been shown to often allow the child to no longer favour looking to one side and therefore as the head continues to grow, it fills out normally.

Note, that depending on your infant’s age the extent of head shape improvement will vary. The odds of success are much greater when the age is below 6months; however we have seen in some improvement beyond this age.

The Result of improved spinal function goes beyond improved head shape; it allows your child’s body motor coordination to improve and therefore develop to their full potential.

If you have more questions or concerns feel free to contact our office and speak to one of our chiropractors.

(1) Miller RI and Larren SK. Pediatrics. 2000 Feb; 105(2):E26. Long-term developmental outcomes in patients with deformational plagiocephaly.
(2) Kordestani RK et. al. Plastic Reconstruction Surgery. 2006 Jan; 117(1):207-18. Neurodevelopmantal delays in children with deformational plagiocephaly.
(3) Kirby and Sugden. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2007; 100: 182-186. Children with developmental coordination disorders.
(4) Nicola Ann Douglas et. al. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL CHIROPRACTIC PEDIATRICS Volume 15, No. 3, December 2016. pp: 1274-9. Chiropractic care for the cervical spine as a treatment for plagiocephaly: a prospective cohort study.