Friday, 4 July 2014

Mimos Pillow - Natural Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly Prevention Video

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Clinical Publication:

  1.  Ohman, Anna (2013). "A specially designed pillow may be used as treatment for young infants with developmental plagiocephaly". Health 05 (12): 2064–7.doi:10.4236/health.2013.512280.
  2. Ohman, Anna (2014). "A specially designed pillow Can Decrease Developmental Plagiocephaly in Young Infants". Health (6): 1092–1098.doi:10.4236/health.2014.611135.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Plagiophaly treatment Clinics in UK

List of Helmet Treatment Clinics for Plagiocephaly:

The London Orthotic Consultancy

The London Orthotic Consultancy
Company offering the LocBand, based in Kingston-upon-Thames, central London, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Ross-on-Wye.

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Steeper Clinic
Company offering the STARband helmet, based in Leeds, London and Newcastle.

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Technology in Motion
Company offering the PlagioCare helmet, based in Leeds, Coventry, London, Glasgow, Bristol and Manchester.

Vitality Gyms
Vitality In Motion
Company offering the STARband helmet.

Monday, 11 November 2013

List of Cranial and Paediatric Osteopaths

List of Osteopaths and Chiropractor in Your Area:

Apple Tree Osteopaths

Apple Tree Osteopaths - Harnessing Your Family's Health

Eva Winter Osteopath

Specialist hand-on treatment for the whole family - adult, children and babies

Eva B Winter

Fulham Osteopaths

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Shrewsbury Osteopaths


The Penn Clinic
Osteopathy is suitable for the whole family, including babies, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly.

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White Heart Clinic

Kennington Osteopaths

Kennington Osteopaths




Bexley Osteopathic Clinic - Babies

The Maple Tree Clinic - Cranial Osteopathy

Breath of Life Foundation - Osteopathic Children's Hospital 

Sutherland Cranial College of OSTEOPATHY

Irish -Dublin:

Dublin Osteopathy:!babies

Irish Osteopath:


Shirley Rd Chiropractic:

Optimal chiropractic:


Totally Tranquil - Physiotheraphy

Natural fertility and skincare

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Alternatives treatment and prevention for baby flat head syndrome references

Plagiocephaly and brachycephaly (flat head syndrome) 

SOURCE: NHS Choice Use of helmet is controversial and they are not available on the NHS.

Flat Head Syndrome: Study Supports Alternatives To Expensive Helmets

SOURCE: Huffingtonpost

A Prospective Randomized Trial on Preventative Methods for Positional Head Deformity: Physiotherapy versus a Positioning Pillow

Melinda's Helpful Guides #2 • Flat Head Syndrome

A pilot study, a specially designed pillow may prevent developmental plagiocephaly by reducing pressure from the infant head

A specially designed pillow may prevent developmental plagiocephaly by reducing pressure from the infant head

Baby Flat head prevention pillows comparison Matrix

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Natural Treatment and Prevention for Baby Flat Head Syndrome with Paediatric Osteopath

Osteopaths are specialists in treating the musculoskeletal system. Plagiocephaly is a condition commonly described as flat head syndrome, that usually arises when a baby lies with its head on that side for most of the time. It seems to occur because the baby has either a strong preference (from in utero moulding) for lying on one side, or has a difficulty (again in utero moulding or a strain during delivery) lying with their head on the other side. 

baby flat head syndrome

A Paediatric Osteopath (specialising in infants and children) would be able to identify which structures in the baby's head or neck were involved (either strained or short) and use very gentle manual treatment to improve the baby's 'posture'. I have assessed and treated a lot of babies with plagiocephaly, which has a tendency to be more common in baby boys, twins, and premature babies, all for slightly different reasons, among which are larger head, softer bones, less space in utero. 
Courses of Baby flat head Syndrome

The difference between an osteopath and a physiotherapist is that we are trained in private institutions (my osteopathy degree is ratified by the Open University, as is my Masters of Paediatric Osteopathy) and work in private clinics. We are registered professionals and my treatment is covered by all the healthcare insurers. Physiotherapists are trained by and for the NHS. Some practice privately when they've graduated. 

I hope that helps!
Best wishes,
Andrea Rippe Msc Paed Ost, BOst

References for general background to osteopathic intervention in plagiocephaly:

Exploring the impact of osteopathic treatment on cranial asymmetries associated with nonsynostotic plagiocephaly in infants. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Nov;17(4):193-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2011.02.001. Epub 2011 Mar 5.

Cranial osteopathy as a complementary treatment of postural plagiocephaly. Arch Pediatr. 2008 Jun;15 Suppl 1:S24-30.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Difference between Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic?

There is a saying“if I had a pound for every time I was asked …” This is one question that many patients ask at some point during their course of treatment, and I look forward to referring them to our blog for answers from now on!
I will try to answer this without bias but please note that I am an osteopath and therefore cannot be truly objective. It is worth noting that as an aspiring health practitioner, I did consider all three, but chose osteopathy from some specific reasons that are still valid in my eyes today.


is a holistic form of manual therapy, which deals with a wide range of acute, chronic and systemic disorders of the body, both musculoskeletal and visceral.
Osteopathy uses in-depth physiological and clinical knowledge, coupled with keen observation and palpatory skills. The osteopath will combine a detailed health case history with a thorough physical evaluation to diagnose the patient’s condition and treat it. The patient’s diet, work and leisure practices all inform this process.
The osteopath doesn’t treat a painful back, stomach or knee, but a body as a whole unit that is suffering an injury, and must be treated in an integrated manner to return to good balance and function: can an injured knee be treated conclusively without addressing the biomechanics of the ankle, hip, pelvis and back? The osteopath’s aim is not merely symptomatic relief, but addressing the underlying causes of the current presentation to prevent any re-occurrence.
Osteopathic treatment combines joint mobilisation – and occasionally manipulation – with work on muscles and ligament tension, as well as gentle work on visceral structures when required.
As naturopathic osteopaths, our specific bias is not merely to achieve better functional alignment of our patients’ bodies, but also to impart dietary, exercise and lifestyle advice that more generally enhance their long-term health.


The origins of Chiropractic are close to osteopathy, as the first chiropractor was a student of the founder of osteopathy. Indeed, in some instances, one would be hard-pressed to distinguish between the treatment provided by a good chiropractor and osteopath. However, a large proportion of chiropractors focus treatment on manipulation of spinal segments to normalise spinal position and effect underlying nerve roots.
Treatment plans are often based on regular manipulation for a set number of sessions in order to wholly correct a disorder. Chiropractors also often use imaging to aid diagnosis such as x-ray. These x-rays will often be conducted in the clinic as part of the course of treatment.


is the most commonly known form of ‘manual therapy’ due to its prevalence within the NHS.
Physiotherapists specialise in the rehabilitation of acute and chronic joint injury, often using a variety of prescribed exercises that the patient carries out when away from the treatment couch. Physios also use machines such as ultrasound or TENS machines to facilitate change in an injured area.
NHS Physiotherapists tend not to have diagnostic input, the diagnosis and treatment request tending to emanate from an orthopaedic surgeon, consultant rheumatologist etc.  As a result, treatment will also tend to be more specific than integrative.
Inevitably, this brief snapshot doesn’t do justice to the development of three different forms of manual therapy with their unique methods and philosophy. It merely attempts to highlight some of the key differences in clinical practice that you can expect from each – although as suggested above, the practice of some physios and chiropractors is sufficiently all encompassing as to be well aligned with osteopathic practice.
Sadly too, some osteopaths also stray into being too specific in their form of treatment, and come to rely too heavily on joint manipulation.
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