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The Big Question

As orthotists, we are often asked about the long-term effects of untreated skull deformities. While the medical community at large still struggles to answer this question, we must keep in mind that the population of infants born after the Back-to-Sleep campaign of the mid-1990s are now just reaching their 20’s and 30’s.

As a result, many of the relationships between early skull deformities and later medical conditions are just now being explored. The Big Question, as always, is – Is There Any Relationship Between Facial Asymmetry and Deformational Plagiocephaly?

Sasaki, Hawegawa, Yamamoto et al (2020). Relationship between facial asymmetry and positional plagiocephaly analyzed by three-dimensional computed tomography. J Cranio- Maxillo-Facial Surg, 48:193-198.

In 2020, Sasaki et al reports on the relationship of facial asymmetry and deformational plagiocephaly in a small group of adult patients seeking corrective jaw surgery. The purpose of the study was to find out more about the relationship between positional cranial deformation and facial asymmetry. It also aimed to elucidate the relationship between facial asymmetry and positional plagiocephaly using three-dimensional computed tomography (3D-CT).

Long story short, the results revealed that mandibular deviation was associated with contralateral head slant and ipsilateral increase in temporal muscle volume. ‘In English‘, it means that positional plagiocephaly may be a cause of facial asymmetry, and such deviations may occur in the temporal muscle. Long story short, YES.

If you are unsure about your baby’s condition, as parents ourselves, we fully understand your concerns and reservations.

“Why go for a ‘free’ evaluation? They will sure ‘hard sell and upsell’, don’t need to go, just use sarong better.” Yes we have heard these lines almost every week since we started advocating for cranial remolding therapy (aka baby helmet).

Our Big Question is, why not? The first assessment is completely free anyway (yes you will need to fork out time and money for transport etc. on weekdays only, us too!). So call us now at 6479 4738 or text us:

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