RSLSteeper, Leeds, England, has launched Steeper Clinic in Kingston Upon Thames, England, to help in the treatment of babies suffering from head-shape abnormalities such as deformational plagiocephaly.
This is the second Steeper clinic that has been opened in England. The first clinic, located in Leeds, opened in 2010, and treats babies from across North England.
Steeper Clinic will offer a free consultation service to parents. In addition to advice and diagnosis, it provides a complete treatment service for the condition, which includes the use of repositioning techniques such as “tummy time” and the use of STARband cranial remolding orthoses.
“Deformational plagiocephaly is becoming increasingly common in the UK, and the National Health Service (NHS) does not currently fund treatment for the condition as it is seen as a purely cosmetic issue. This is despite growing evidence that plagiocephaly can increase the risk of developing associated problems later on in life in severe cases,” said Kate Chauhan, clinical specialist orthotist at Steeper Clinic.