A Parents Story - Plagiocephaly Journey and LOCband Treatment
We self-referred to Catherine after
searching on the internet for treatment options for plagiocephaly. Our 5 month
old daughter had a visibly misshapen head and face which had developed 2-3
months after birth. We booked an initial consultation in Newcastle at the Osborne
Clinic where we were greeted warmly with offers of refreshments after a long
journey. On meeting Catherine she became an immediate confidant and the relief
of having a professional tell us what was wrong with our daughter, why and how
to fix it was indescribable. Catherine diagnosed our daughter with torticollis
which made all of her symptoms become clear and was an instant relief.
band was not pushed upon us, but as we had already been advised by our local
hospital of all the previous steps such as tummy time, encouraging her to face
the opposite side of the cot etc. this was the next logical step now we had a
clear diagnosis. Along with daily
exercises taught to us by Catherine, we all agreed that the LOC band was the
safest and the best option for our daughter.Catherine supplied us with externally
researched evidence based studies to give us a clear picture of how the LOC
band worked and pictures highlighting the expected outcome of the LOC band. She
also spent a lot of time teaching and encouraging us with the neck muscle
stretches needed to aid our daughter’s progression.3D imaging was taken by Catherine
which our daughter loved as she got to go in the ‘spinney chair’!!! We then got
to choose the LOC band’s exterior pattern and were able to ask any questions we
had. We visited Catherine 2 weeks later for the individually made fitting of
the LOC band and Catherine made the necessary adjustments. We then attended
fortnightly for check-ups, measurements and adjustments for the next 5 months.
Our daughter was her normal self whilst in the LOC band, which we named her
crown, and in fact after treatment ended, she still snuck into her room and
took it off her teddy to try and squeeze in back on!
The results were
undeniable and her torticollis was cured using the right techniques taught by
Catherine which we still adhere to today. She uses safe, evidence based
treatments which equate to a happy, beautiful, perfectly shaped little girl! If
we had not self-referred to Catherine and obtained the correct diagnosis and
subsequent treatment, her torticollis would have gone undiagnosed and therefore
treatment would never have been given and her head and face would still be
misshapen, distracting from the beautiful little girl that she is.
Catherine remains a valuable friend
and advisory and we will be eternally grateful to her for her honest, friendly,
clear and precise diagnosis treatment and advice.