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Babies & Children
Osteopathy is an effective and natural approach to healthcare for all life stages. Osteopaths are increasingly being asked to treat babies and children for a variety of common complaints caused by mechanical strain before and during the birthing process. Treatment is particularly welcome as it does not involve the use of drugs and is non-invasive.
Birth can put huge strain on the baby. While the baby is usually able to absorb the stresses of a normal delivery, the head may not naturally recover from the forces of labour. This is especially true if the birth is particularly long or short, complicated, or there is intervention with ventouse or forceps.
As children grow, problems may become apparent as a result of mechanical stresses on the body. These can greatly influence educational and social development. Complaints often suffered by older children and teenagers include:
- Musculo-skeletal problems, aches and pains
- Growing pains
- Tension headaches
Paediatric Osteopathy works on the principle that any condition suffered by the child is due to an imbalance within the body’s systems. The osteopath will use gentle manual techniques to bring about changes and rebalance the child’s body, allowing it to work more efficiently, optimally and peacefully.
During treatment your child will feel light pressure on parts of the head and body, which may be combined with some movement of the body or limbs. The child will normally be relaxed after the treatment and sleep well, while some may seem energised. Occasionally they may be unsettled for a day or two, but this will subside.
If you are unsure whether your child would benefit from treatment please feel free to ring the clinic and I will be happy to talk to you.