Plagiocephaly is a condition characterized by an abnormal flattening of either one side or the rear of the head. Several factors can contribute to this condition, such as:
Excessive time spent lying on one side of the head.
Restricted head movement due to muscular or skeletal irregularities.
Premature birth or other factors that influence skull growth and development.
While plagiocephaly is typically not medically harmful, it can give rise to cosmetic worries and, in certain instances, may impact brain development if left unaddressed.
Chiropractic therapy can contribute to the management of plagiocephaly by addressing the underlying musculoskeletal factors associated with this condition. These approaches may involve:
Spinal and neck adjustments: Chiropractic adjustments employ precise, gentle force to realign the spine, thereby restoring proper mobility to the adjacent muscles and tissues. This process alleviates tension and pressure in the neck and head, facilitating healthy growth and development.
Soft tissue therapy: Chiropractors may also employ soft tissue therapy techniques such as massage or stretching to release tension and encourage the appropriate movement of muscles and tissues in the neck and head.
Recommendations for repositioning and head support: Additionally, chiropractors may offer guidance on repositioning techniques and suggest the use of specialized pillows or support aids to reduce the duration an infant spends resting on one side of the head.