We recently started talking about positional plagiocephaly, and how one of the common causes involved was a restriction in range of motion in the neck that can be caused by a number of different factors. These are usually mechanical in nature, inter-uterine, at birth or postnatally. (1-3)
While there is little argument for the benefits of the involvement of physical therapy in the outcomes for plagiocephaly, one of the lesser explored complications of plagiocephaly is the potential for developmental delays.
The research is talking about a correlation between positional plagiocephaly and motor function, neurodevelopment, language and cognition. They are also highlighting the connection between the severity of the plagiocephaly and risk of developmental delays. (4-6) What all this means Is essentially that the palgiocephaly or flat heat In the past was seen as mostly a cosmetic or appearance issue, now research is showing correlations with all types of development mentioned above.
Again, like we showed in the last blog, the integration of physical therapy, like chiropractic, into the management of plagiocephaly is prudent, especially where there is restriction in range of motion and joint dysfunction identified. (1-3)
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