The Effects of The Webster Coronal Suture Adjustment in Plagiocephaly: Two Case Studies

Lea A. Cornish, DC, DACCP


Objective: To discuss the use of the Webster Coronal Suture Adjustment in the treatment of non-synostosis or positional deformational plagiocephaly. Clinical Features: An 11 week old male with mild plagiocephaly suffering from nursing difficulties, mild torticollis and posterior body arching and a 5 month old female twin with moderate plagiocephaly suffering from ear infections, reflux, congested breathing and congenital torticollis.

Intervention and Outcome: The patients were treated with the Webster
Coronal Suture Adjustment on the side of greater hemisphere measurement of the cranium. They were also assessed full spine and adjusted. Craniosacral techniques were also used in the treatment. Home instructions were given for placement, feeding, stretching, and techniques to improve tummy time (the prone positioning). After 13 and 21 treatments respectively, the infants had acquired a balanced head shape. Both continued treatment after that point to increase stability in the cranial and cervical bones.

Conclusion: The Webster Coronal Suture Adjustment should be considered as a useful tool in the correction on non-synostosis plagiocephaly. Nontreatment or delayed treatment have increased risks of deformation and learning disabilities.

Key Indexing Terms: Plagiocephaly, Positional Deformation Plagiocephaly, Chiropractic, Adjustment, Manipulation, Learning Disability, Twins