Mom in Caymen Islands find success consulting w/ Dr Flores re: Flat Head Syndrome

We are elated to know we can make a difference in the lives of little ones- EVEN if they live on the other side of the world!

Dr Flores has made herself available for skype consultations with those that do not have access to specialists in the field of preventing and correcting flat head syndrome, aka positional plagiocephaly.  She has consulted with parents all over the U.S. and other countries including Luxenberg, Saudi Arabia and now the Caymen Islands!

Since her interview with CBS on Flat Head Syndrome and the release of her first book entitled ‘How to Avoid Flat Head & Delays in Baby’s First Year’, Dr Flores has proven to be one of the top experts on effective, safe and holistic techniques that prevent and correct malformed head shapes in infants while also improving upon the root cause of the head flattening.

Here is what a Mom in the Caymen Islands had to say about consulting with Dr Flores:

Physical Therapy Solutions deserves seven stars as far as we’re concerned! When my daughter was diagnosed by her paediatrician as having flat head syndrome I started combing the internet for information to educate us on what we could do to help her. This lead to finding a YouTube video in which Dr. Flores spoke about the issue. Noting her expertise from the video I looked up her practice and contacted them for an appointment.

However, there was once slight issue…we are in the Cayman Islands and they are in Santa Monica California. I decided to get in touch anyway to see if we could do a computer video conference via Skype. I was elated when they confirmed that they indeed could work with us via Skype.

The consultation was completed and with the advice and exercises suggested by Dr. Flores, our daughter is almost fully recovered from Flat Head Syndrome and Torticollis by our followup appointment just one month later. We are so thankful for Dr. Flores and her practice. Do not hesitate to contact them even if you’re on the other side of the world!Moms do everything for their child!

Dr Yvette Flores is offering video assistance to parents who are lacking resources in their area.  Download the FREE questionnaire the Dr Flores feels parents should share with their child’s pediatrician:

“The 10 Questions Every Parent Must Ask their Baby’s Pediatrician Right Away”

You can get your free copy at www.flatheadsolutions.com

To schedule a video session with Dr Flores, contact us directly from our website at babytherapysolutions.com or call us at 800-507-2634.  We are here to help!

December 29, 2016. Tags: , , , . Early Head Start, Events, FYI's for New Parents, Invitations, Testimonials. Leave a comment.

Continue to Pray For Sweet Eddie- he continues to Recover!

Eddie suffered a near death drowning several months ago and has been in special care as he continues to recover. You can follow his recovery on his Facebook page: Pray for Sweet Eddie and send him prayers as prayers continue to help!  We will continue to send prayers his way from Physical Therapy Solutions and help him and his family however way we can.

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March 2, 2014. Tags: , , , . Newsletter Spotlights. Leave a comment.

11 month old completed healed from Torticollis Treatment!

It is NEVER too late to seek treatment for Torticollis. This woman brought her daughter into Physical Therapy Solutions after doctors told her it was probably too late to see any positive results. Even though it was a 45 minute drive from her home, she was fully committed to her child’s treatment program. After only a few months of a physical therapy program, her 11month old daughter has fully healed from Torticollis treatment. For more information on our health programs, call us at (800) 507-2634, or visit us at http://www.PTsolutionsLA.com

January 15, 2014. Tags: , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

5 Healthy Alternatives for Trick-or-Treaters This Halloween

5 Healthy Alternatives for Trick-or-Treaters This Halloween

Written by Lisa Axelrad, Certified Nutrition Counselor and Fitness Specialist

As more and more research continues to be released about the dangers and major downfalls of overloading our children with added sugars and processed ingredients, Halloween always becomes a bit of an obstacle. Many of us still want to make the holiday just as fun for our children and community, but how do we do that without having to succumb to the pressures of giving out sugar-filled, calorie packed, Halloween baskets?!

Here’s a quick list of 5 Halloween Basket Treats that will leave kids happy and satisfied:

1)   Magic Straws

One proven way to get kids to drink their milk is to flavor it, but regular flavored milk can be packed with added sugars. Got Milk? Magic Straws comes in many great flavors and transform plain milk to flavored with just 1 tsp (17 calories) per straw. Magic Milk Straws are a fun, mess-free way to enjoy a cold glass of milk. The rich, all-natural cocoa, strawberry, vanilla and cookies and cream flavored milk straws magically transform milk into a delicious (and nutritious!) treat.

2)   Healthy Squeezers

Look for fruit-based options that have kid appeal, too. Fruit Squeezers by Nature’s Child that feature kid cartoons on each package, like Dora and SpongeBob, and are made from 100-percent fruit without any added sugars. Each pouch has 60 calories, is a good source of vitamin C and counts as a fruit serving.

  3)   Halloween-themed Toys

The best treat yet: Toys! According to a study done by Yale University* children are just as excited to get toys on Halloween as they are about candy. Scary stickers, temporary tattoos and glow sticks are just a few ideas of some fun basket stuffers that kids would love on Halloween.

4)   TrailMix

Nuts are a great snack to keep tiny tummies satisfied with the fiber and protein they provide. Since nuts are high in calories, look for the single-serve packages that keep calories in check. For example, Trader Joe’s offers individual packs on Omega Trail Mix, offering tons of nutrients in an easy-to-eat packet of trail mix ingredients.

5) RABARimages-1

At first glance, these on-the-go snack bars are definitely high in sugar. But the important thing is they are packed with all natural sugars from natural food sources. Apple Pie, Banana Bread and Pumpkin Pie are all great, delicious flavors of the season, and they come in lots of exciting colors.

For more information on how to keep a healthy lifestyle with our top Wellness Professionals, give us a call at (800) 507-2634 for you Complimentary Nutrition Screening! Have a Healthy and Safe Halloween!

Visit us online at: http://ptsolutionsla.com/ and http://stayfitla.com/

*Source: Schwartz, MB. “Trick, treat or toy: Children are just as likely to choose toys as candy on Halloween.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2003 Jul-Aug.

October 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Results of our August Fundraiser: Thank you Thank you from the bottom of our Hearts!

The outpour of love and generosity was more than we expected during our August fundraiser for sweet baby Eddie.

His Mother was shocked and elated to hear the great news when we called to tell her how much we were able to raise! The funds raised will go toward supporting Eddie’s healing process. A check was made out to him and mailed to him today!

View  this video for a special message from Eddie’s Mom to those who donated.

September 6, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Events. 1 comment.

PT Solutions Has 100% Success Rate w/ Early Intervention for Infants With Flat-Head Syndrome

Check out our CBS 2 Feature on Dr. Yvette Flores, PT, DPT, aired on 4/30/13

May 1, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Early Head Start, Events, FYI's for New Parents, Welcome New Parents!. Leave a comment.

Plagiocephaly: Early Intervention prevents, PT corrects the cause, Helmet improves shape

It is recommended to start physical therapy intervention as as soon as a parent or pediatrician detects a developing flat spot (plagiocephaly, brachycephaly).  It is equally important for pediatricians and OBGYN doctors to educate new moms that may have a newborn that is at risk for positional plagiocephaly.  Usually, pediatricians and OBGYN doctors refer these moms to a pediatric specialist for a consultation.

What are the risk factors?  Intra-uterine constraint (first pregnancy, multiple birth, breeched/ transverse positioning, intra-uterine fibroids, larger than average infant head or body size, > 40 weeks delivery) and traumatic birth history (infant head in birth canal for long period of time, use of vacuum/clamp, emergency c-section or premature delivery).

 “It is completely possible to identify newborns who are at risk for positional plagiocephaly and help the families of these newborns at risk,  prevent the flattening from ever happening. ”  Dr Yvette Flores

We recommend a physical therapy evaluation within the first two months of life.  Physical therapy intervention could be as short as 2 visits: the first visit is to evaluate and educate the parents on what to do, the second visit is to follow up after a month or so to make sure the parents are doing a great job and the child’s head is looking good.

Physical therapy intervention has a high success rate at improving and restoring head shape symmetry when initiated between birth to 3 months of age.  In severe cases, however, helmet therapy is recommended.

Helmet therapy is most effective when done between 5 months to 8 months of age, in conjunction with physical therapy.  Helmet therapy eliminates the challenge parents have of sleeping their child ‘off’ the flat spot by offering an environment where nothing touches the flat spot 23 hours a day.  Depending on the severity of the flat spot and the child’s age, the helmet is used for 2 to 5 months.

We typically don’t recommend helmet therapy earlier than 5 months because:

1) Physical therapy alone usually can guide the families to normal restored head shape

2) Initiating helmet therapy too early can result in the need for another helmet shortly after the child grows out of the first.

3) Helmets are costly with no guarantee that health insurance will cover it.  On average, they are about $4000 depending on which center you go to.  If we can help families save four thousand dollars with just physical therapy alone, we are all for it.

4)  If the underlying ‘root cause’ of the plagiocephaly isn’t corrected by the time the helmet therapy is done, there is a chance of re-flattening. Here is an analogy: take a piece of play doh, putty or soft clay.  Make a round ball out of it and place it on a flat surface such as a table.  After a few minutes, you will see that the round ball begins to flatten where it is in contact with the table.  The same thing occurs with infant heads which is impressionable from birth to 12 months: repetitive pressure on the same spot can cause re-flattening.  If the child still has signs of positional ‘favoring’ (prefers sleeping with head turned or tilted to the left), it is likely that the original spot that was rounded out with the helmet can get dented in again over time.

Bottom line:  Positional plagiocephaly can be PREVENTED by :

1) Simply educating new parents on preventative techniques: if your pediatrician or OBGYN doctor does not refer new parents for a physical therapy early intervention session, parents can take the initiative to schedule this session directly with a pediatric physical therapist that specializes in head and neck challenges.  We recommend doing this within the first 2 months of life.

2) As a new parent, find out if your newborn is at risk by looking at the risk factors listed above and seeing how many (if any) pertain to your pregnancy and birth history.  If you identify with even 2 items on the list, it is imperative that you learn preventative techniques to start applying right away.  Schedule a session with a skilled pediatric therapist to learn what you can do that is safe and effective.

If your child has an obvious developing flat spot in the back of his/her head….

*Tell your baby’s pediatrician that you would like to schedule a consultation with a pediatric physical therapist.  It is a smart idea to get the opinion of a physical therapist who specializes in head & neck challenges on your baby’s developing flat spot, to learn techniques you can start doing right away to prevent it from getting flatter, and to determine if you child is a candidate for a physical therapy (and helmet therapy) program.

A referral or prescription for a physical therapy evaluation is not required in the state of California (and possibly other states). Should your child benefit from a course of physical therapy, the therapist can then get the prescription from your pediatrician.

January 15, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Early Head Start, FYI's for New Parents. Leave a comment.

Twin baby success with PT for motor delays and torticollis

October 19, 2011. Tags: , , . Gross Motor Milestones, Testimonials. Leave a comment.

Learning to Crawl w/ ‘Rocky Rocky’ – video

A couple months back, I wrote an article on the impact ‘Rocky Rocky’ has on helping little ones learn how to crawl. For details on this safe and effective exercise technique, please review the article.

I’ve since received a video that a Mom took of ‘Rocky Rocky’ in action and Mom was happy to have me share this with you.

Remember, crawling is a significant milestone that promotes greater core strength, greater spine stability and better coordination between arms and legs. I always get the question, ” Is it OK if my child skips crawling and goes right into walking?” My answer has always been that there are many young ones that skip crawling for one reason or another, but if parents can guide their child toward NOT skipping crawling, their child will derive the benefits of this significant milestone.

Enjoy the video and know that we are here to help!

Dr. Flores

October 19, 2011. Tags: , , , . FYI's for New Parents, Gross Motor Milestones. Leave a comment.

‘Rocky Rocky Rocky’: this play position’s effective role in learning how to crawl

Babies typically learn how to crawl anywhere between 9 to 11 months of age. There are a multitude of factors that can result in an early crawler versus a late crawler. Body size/weight, muscle tone, and even personality contribute to achievement of this significant milestone.
Body size & weight: if a baby is larger than average body or head size, it is harder for him/her to pick up that weight against gravity. When positioned on hands and knees, gravity makes it challenging to pick up the head and hold it up. In addition, gravity challenges the center trunk muscles, requiring one to be able to lift the mid-spine and abdominals up against gravity. We typically see drooping of the midsection in babies learning to maintain the ‘rocky rocky’ (hands & knees) position. Lastly, a certain amount of shoulder and hip stability needs to be present in order for one to maintain being on his/her hands and knees for any length of time.
Muscle tone: Some babies are born with a little less or a little more muscle tone than what we consider to be normal. In babies with high muscle tone, they feel stiff when you pick them up or handle them. They usually prefer keeping their arms and legs straight with not much bend, or they prefer keeping their arms and legs in one position, making it difficult for you to bend or extend their limbs. In babies with low muscle tone, they feel like putty when you pick them up or handle them. Sometimes, its difficult to pick them up under their arms because they don’t keep their arms down as you lift them. Also, if you sit them, they slouch and if you place them in the rocky rocky position, their mid-section slouches down. In babies with low muscle tone, crawling is typically delayed as they need more time and development to build up muscle strength and muscle tone.
Personality: All babies demonstrate preferences at an early age. Some are very easy going, kicked back and do not complain much. Other babies are sensitive. Other babies are eager to explore their environment. Babies that are easy going may become delayed crawlers if they don’t show interest in exploring their environment in the tummy time position. They may need encouragement engaging in tummy time and rocky rocky activities. Babies that are sensitive may cry every time you place them on their belly or in the crawl position. If this is the case, it makes it difficult for parents to engage them in daily activities that result in good strengthening and body stability required for crawling. Babies that are eager to explore their environment will usually disregard the strength difficulties of being in the face down position and by default will get stronger earlier than their peers. They typically are the ones that crawl sooner than later.

Placing your baby in the ‘rocky rocky’ position for the first time will tell you alot. First of all, if your baby resists being in this position, they may not be ready for it. If your baby allows you to hold them as they weight bear through their hands and knees, they are ready to explore this new position with you. ‘Rocky rocky rocky’ essentially is the forward to backward weight shifting of your baby’s weight over their hands and then their knees while being supported. We often sing ‘rocky rocky rocky’ as we help one move their body forward and backward while in this position.

This play position is highly effective in doing several things: 1. It provides a positive experience for one that will eventually take to the position and movement pattern and start doing it on their own. 2. It is an opportunity to strengthen the core muscles, the shoulder and hip stabilizers and develop good neck strength. 3. It boasts confidence, thereby enabling one to start reaching forward with one hand, and eventually crawling on their own.

If your baby is not crawling by 11 months and you would like to learn this technique, we are here to help!

July 8, 2011. Tags: , , , . FYI's for New Parents, Gross Motor Milestones. Leave a comment.

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