SleepCurve® is the brainchild of Philip Owen. D.O., B.Sc. (Hons), a leading Paediatric Cranial Osteopath who has spent 20 years studying and treating tension in babies’ skull bones.
His pioneering research has significantly advanced our understanding of babies’ and children’s sleep problems arising from tension in the bones of the skull.
Parents come from all over the country to his Manchester childrens’ clinic and he is considered one of the leading practitioners in the country. He has lectured for the British Osteopathy Society and has been a senior examiner in the field osteopathic education.
Philip observed that an increasing number of babies at his clinic were showing symptoms of flat head syndrome (also known as positional plagiocephally) and torticollis. He made the connection between this and the success of the “Back to Sleep” campaign which advises parents to avoid the risk of SIDS by encouraging parents to place their baby on their back in the cot.
He realised that the traditional cot mattresses, combined with the extra amount of time babies are spending with their heads supported by a flat surface was combining to produce this increase in the number of babies with Flat Head Syndrome.
“I fully support the ‘Back to Sleep’ campaign but realised that what was needed to prevent flat head syndrome was a totally new kind of cot or crib mattress which supports the baby’s head, shoulders and neck to spread the weight of the skull, just as a mother will cradle her baby in her arm.”
“The SleepCurve concept is the result of that simple idea and over time we have invested huge amounts to improve the shape of our mattresses and other products to offer benefits such as the cooling channel and the slight incline of the mattress which can help reduce acid reflux.”
“We have taken out worldwide patents on the unique moulded shape of SleepCurve mattresses so that parents can be certain that they are not compromising on quality and investing in a product which is proven to help babies enjoy better, healthier sleeping.”
All SleepCurve mattresses are manufactured in the UK to ensure the highest quality standards.
The Old Hall Clinic is a multi-disciplinary clinic based in Gatley, South Manchester, providing a range of treatments, including osteopathy, cranial osteopathy and paediatric osteopathy, which help the body maintain and repair itself from life’s stresses and strains.
The Osteopathic Centre for Children is a charity that seeks to offer osteopathic osteopathy for all children regardless of their parents' ability to pay.
This website has more information on Flat Head Syndrome.