Plagiocephaly LOCband


Plagiocephaly LOCband

Hampshire Orthotics in Romsey offers the LOCband treatment for babies with Positional Plagiocephaly.
The LOCband is manufactured by the London Orthotic Consultancy (LOC). For more information about the LOCband, including testimonials of parents of babies who have undergone this treatment, see

Info About Plagiocephaly 

Cranial Remoulding Therapy

If repositioning techniques have not brought about sufficient improvement in your baby's Plagiocephaly or head shape, then Cranial Remoulding Therapy is an option. This should not be considered until the infant is at least 3 to 4 months old.

The LOCband cranial remoulding orthosis is manufactured by The London Orthotic Consultancy in Kingston. It is manufactured to strict standards and guidelines. It is the only commercially available Cranial Orthosis to be manufactured in the UK and therefore has less of an environmental impact than imported Cranial Orthoses. The clinicians involved in the treatment of babies are also closely involved with the design and manufacture of the LOCband. LOC is registered with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as bespoke manufacturer of the LOCband.

The LOCband:

- is manufactured individually for each baby to the clinician's exact specifications

- is manufactured to strict guidelines and high quality standards

- is designed and perfected by clinicians after years of personal experience in treating Plagiocephaly

- has a proven record of success

- has a soft to the touch foam lining

- is available in many different colours and patterns or can be custom painted

How Does Cranial Remoulding Work?

The LOCband is non-invasive and works by applying a gentle constant pressure over the areas of your baby’s skull which are most prominent while allowing unrestricted growth over the flattened areas. It is a pain-free treatment. The band consists of a soft foam layer inside a thermoplastic shell. This allows for frequent adjustments during growth and gently guides your baby’s skull into a more symmetrical shape.

Treatment is most effective in babies between 4-7 months and takes between 3-6 months to complete. Routinely babies up to the age of 14 months can be treated very successfully but treatment may take longer ( 6-9 months) and results may not be as good with younger babies. It is possible to treat older babies and the LOCband has been used on babies up to 24 months which has resulted in improvement of head shape.

Plagiocephaly - time in band 6 months


Brachycephaly - time in band 4 months


Cranial Scanning Technology

To provide accurate measurements for each baby's individually manufactured Cranial Remoulding Orthosis, we use highly advanced laser scanning devices in conjunction with state of the art 3D imaging software. This enables LOC to produce each LOCband to the exact specifications required to bring about the best possible improvements to head shape.

Artec MH 3D Scanner

The MH 3D Scanner has proved to be particularly popular with users that want to
digitise the human form, in particular human faces. The Scanner uses a flash
bulb and is completely safe for the eyes. 

For more information about Artec 3D Scanners: 

Artec MH 3D Scanner


Before treatment showing top view of head


After 3.7 months of LOCband



The LOCband is not indicated in cases of Craniosynostosis (premature fusing of the sutures of the skull) or Hydrocephalus (an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain).

These conditions require medical/surgical intervention and are beyond the scope of Cranial Remoulding Therapy. However after the sutures are surgically released a LOCband may be utilised to further shape the skull and protect the operative site.


The LOCband has been used successfully to treat over 2250 babies. All clinicians fitting LOCbands have
been extensively trained in the treatment

Copyright statement:The LOCband images and information relating to Positional Plagiocephaly and its treatment have been reproduced with the kind permission of the London Orthotic Consultancy who owns the copyright.

Free Initial Assessment

Making the decision to embark on Cranial Remoulding Therapy can be difficult and naturally causes anxiety for parents; we therefore offer a Free, No Obligation initial assessment. During the consultation Lucy will establish the severity of your baby's head shape, discuss the treatment options and inform you whether a Cranial Remoulding Orthosis is appropriate.

Where can I get more information?

If you would like an opinion on your baby’s head shape you can e-mail any pictures to 

Please do not attempt to e-mail files over 10MB in size.

To book a Free No Obligation consultation or for more information, call us on:
023 8000 5505

Cost of LOCband treatment

The total cost for the LOCband treatment is: £2,500.00.

We are able to offer 2 types of payment options:

 1: Pay the full amount of £2,500.00 at the time of the first scan and your decision to proceed with the fitting of a LOCband. Once the initial payment has been made there are no further charges or any hidden costs for the duration of your baby's treatment.

 2: Pay by 2 instalments, half at the time of scan and half at the time of fitting (2 weeks later).

The full cost of £2500.00 includes:

- All of your baby's required appointments from start to end of treatment, no matter how many are required

- the LOCband

- Appropriate cleaning fluid for the LOCband

- Final scan report showing before and after top view of your baby's head

- All correspondance/reports to your GP/clinician to inform them of your baby's progress

- Full telephone support

Optional extras:

- Customised painting of the LOCband  £150.00 to £250.00

- Before and after 3D models of your baby's head, scaled to 40% of actual size, set on a wooden base   £170.00

Funding Assistance:

If parents have difficulties with the funding of treatment, Headstart4babies, a UK based charity (registered number 1112256) may be able offer financial assistance.

Headstart4babies is run by Philip Saich and Karen Laker, whose baby Ben was successfully treated with the use of a Cranial Orthosis (Helmet) for severe plagiocephaly in 2004/2005.

They offer families on low incomes help with funding to allow them to proceed with treatment. Along with the trustees of the charity they are also able to assist families in fundraising activities, to benefit both the charity and
to fund treatment for their own baby. They are also now able to Gift Aid donations made to them by UK tax payers. You can e-mail them by clicking this link Headstart4babies

If you wish to show your support for headstart4babies you can make a donation at their Just Giving web Page:

To visit the headstart4babies web site please click on the image below


Online Support GroupsThere is an increasing number of online Facebook support groups and information web sites. Most of the discussion groups where parents can chat on line about Plagiocephaly, Brachycephaly and Scaphocephaly are moderated groups, offering peer support.
They are not run or organised by qualified professionals but provide a very good source of information and offer excellent links to further resources such as published research papers and web sites.
You will most probably have to register with most of the discussion groups in order to post questions or even view messages.
Plagiocephaly Support/advice UK
Support group for families in the UK who are thinking of helmet treatment, are in treatment or have finished treatment
Support group of individuals and families who have experienced plagiocephaly through our loved ones. It can be a scary and confusing time, and we are here to help guide you through your journey.
This group is to raise awareness of flat head syndrome
Family support group for babies with plagiocephaly and brachycephaly
Craniosynostosis And Positional Plagiocephaly Support, Inc American charitable status support group. Started by a mother whose child had Craniosynostosis to offer support and information to other families, now offers support to families that have a child or children with Positional Plagiocephaly.
Please note that at the time of writing this information all of the web links were checked and fully functioning. We can not be held responsible if any of these links become broken.

ALL babies that have completed the LOCband treatment have achieved measurable improvements to their head shape regardless of their age or severity of Plagiocephaly.


Why should you choose Hampshire Orthotics for your baby’s Plagiocephaly treatment?

Our clinic provides:

- a fully trained experienced clinician

- the LOCband which has a proven record of success in the treatment of Plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome)

- a relaxed and baby friendly space with toys and space to play

- free car parking directly outside the clinic

- free tea, coffee and soft drinks

- child friendly environment for any accompanying siblings

If you would like to book an appointment, please contact us or phone 023 8000 5505