OSTEOPATHY FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND CHILDREN
Osteopathy can be a safe and effective form of hands-on treatment for newborn
babiesand children of all ages. Our Osteopaths apply gentle, non-manipulative
techniques to not only promote health, but also to alleviate symptoms of specific
Pregnancy and birth are incredible, but physically demanding experiences for
women and their babies. The stresses and forces on an infant’s body while
in-utero and during birth can result in strains of their soft and immature
musculoskeletal system. These forces depend on the position of the baby during
pregnancy, length of labour, presentation at birth, and what, if any, interventions
might have been required e.g. caesarian section, use of forceps or ventouse etc.
The resulting strains may affect your baby’s sleeping, breathing, feeding, digestion, movement or development.
Things to look for:
Irritability and difficulty sleeping
Excessive crying, restlessness, inability to settle
Feeding difficulties in latching or suckling
Colic, reflux or digestive problems
Asymmetry in head shape (plagiocephaly)
Musculoskeletal and postural imbalances
Movement difficulties transitioning to rolling, crawling, walking etc.
Favouring one side in rolling or turning head
Structural imbalances from disorders like asthma, illness or recurrent infection
OSTEOPATHY FOR ADOLESCENTS
During puberty the whole body changes dramatically over a relatively short period. There is also the growing workload of study and school along with the use of computers or tablets, and we see a rise in poor posture and related tension in the body, and a propensity for certain injuries.
We can treat and manage specific conditions including:
Back pain associated with carrying heavy school bags
Neck pain associated with study and use of computers
Playground injuries or injuries from falls or sports
Injuries from intense or repetitive training (rowing, tennis, rugby, gymnastics, netball, swimming)
Specific conditions common in adolescence like knee pain, Osgood Schlatters, Severs, Shuermanns
DID YOU KNOW OSTEOPATHY HAS INFLUENCES BEYOND THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM?
Manual treatment has been shown to support immune function and improve well-being as well as physical health. Whether your child’s immune system just needs a little support to get over a cold or infection, or there is an underlying medical condition, Osteopathy can be an effective adjunct treatment when combined with mainstream medicine.