Catherine offers assessment, advice and treatment for babies with Positional Plagiocephaly. She is fully trained in the orthotic management of Plagiocephaly and the LOCband and, before moving back to Newcastle in 2015, used to work alongside the founders (and clinicians) of the LOCband at The London Orthotic Consultancy for almost 14 years specialising in this treatment.
The LOCband is manufactured by the London Orthotic Consultancy (LOC). It is manufactured to strict standards and guidelines. It is the only commercially available Cranial Orthosis to be manufactured in the UK and therefore has less of an environmental impact than imported Orthoses. LOC is registered with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as bespoke manufacturer of the LOCband.
Positional Plagiocephaly refers to the condition characterised by abnormal flattening on the back or on one side of the head. It results from prolonged external pressure to the infant’s skull e.g. head turn preference during sleeping.Since the Back to Sleep Campaign, the incidence of Plagiocephaly has increased from 1 in 300 to 1 in 50 infants. Other causes of Plagiocephaly include torticollis (neck tightness), prematurity, difficult birth (forceps, suction) and in-utero flattening e.g. twins or breech presentation. Plagiocephaly is also common in children with colic, reflux, and chronic congestion.
Plagiocephaly: There are 3 recognised head shapes
The LOCband relies on cranial growth to work and therefore the LOCband can only improve head shape if cranial growth is occurring i.e. the babies head is growing. Cranial growth is assessment by regular head circumference measurements and palpation of the cranial soft spots (fontanelles). Typically a child’s fontanelles fuse around 18-24 months meaning there is potentially a 2 year window of opportunity to treat Plagiocephaly with the LOCband.
Please note that LOCband treatment does not treat a condition called Craniosynostosis. This is a condition where the fontanelles prematurely fuse limiting cranial growth and causing significant deformity. This is assessed for in clinic and it there are any concerns appropriate referrals can be made.
Assessment (60 minutes) £50
Repositioning Review (30-40 minutes) £40
LOCband Treatment (length of time in treatment depends on age, severity and compliance. Average length of time is 3-6 months) £1,950
Payment plans are available and these can be discussed at the assessment.
If you want to book in for an assessment then please call our Lowfell Clinic on 0191 4350560
Alternatively if you want to speak to Catherine directly regarding this treatment you can contact her on 07980 283523 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org