When Tommy-Ray was just 3 months old, his parents noticed a change in his head shape, it was a little flat at the back. Concerned, his parents spoke to the health visitor who advised that his head would be fine and would eventually correct itself, this did not stop them worrying and instead they tried everything to help reduce the pressure on his flat spot.
Once Tommy-Ray began to hold himself upright, his parents noticed his head always dropped to one side, they used toys and played games to encourage him to turn his head but he continued to struggle and after speaking to his paediatrician, Tommy-Ray was diagnosed with torticollis (tight neck muscles) and as a result he was also diagnosed with Brachycephaly (Flat Head Syndrome).
Whilst researching Tommy-Ray’s condition his parents came across a lot of advice from UK professionals simply stating the flatness would correct itself before Tommy-Ray reached two years old and consequently, there is no treatment available on the NHS. They also came across a lot of parents who had followed this advice but saw no improvement, instead wishing they could turn back the clock and choose treatment.
After a lot of internet research, his parents came across Steeper Clinic and knew right away that they needed to book an appointment. At his first appointment, Tommy-Ray’s parents were informed that due to him being 6 months old they were unlikely to see any improvements from repositioning alone and were recommended the STARband helmet treatment to begin