Many people believe babies and children are too young and pliable to suffer from structural stresses and strains but in reality, they may. Difficult births and assisted deliveries (eg forceps) may contribute to tension in babies, while children may develop restrictions from accidents, falls, or neck and back pain from use of devices. Other issues faced by children include posture problems, inflammatory conditions and sporting injuries.
Osteopathy recognises the particular stresses on the body that children experience as they grow from babies to teenagers and has developed an approach to work with children of all ages.
An Osteopath will work with you and your child to plan the best way forward. The Osteopath will take a complete medical history, conduct an examination and ask you and your child (where age appropriate) questions. Your Osteopath and you can determine which type of Osteopathic treatment is most appropriate and if referrals to other health practioners are needed. Your Osteopath can also offer advice on general nutrition and health, posture and exercise.
For children, Osteopathic treatment may assist with:
- Back pain and headaches
- Growing pains in muscles, bones and joints
- Postural problems
- Sporting injuries
- The physical effects of cerebral palsy
- Mechanical restrictions associated with asthma
Osteopathic treatment uses a large range of techniques depending on the patient and their complaint. With babies, Osteopaths use light touch on the body or head and work with the tissues with the aim to resolve any restriction in how the these tissues function.
For babies, Osteopathic treatment may assist with:
- Torticollis or restrictions in the neck movement (where the head is twisted or likes to be turned to one side. This may contribute to flat spots developing on the skull)
- Feeding issues where mechanical restrictions may affect the baby's ability to open their mouth or produce a coordinated suck action.
- Physical tensions that may contribute to irritability