Osteopathy for Babies and Children
Babies and Osteopathy
In my experience and observation, osteopathy seems to help many children relax and maximise their health potential. I have seen improved levels of comfort and calmness for many babies which is also often very reassuring for mum and dad.
Babies and Birth
Birth is quite squashy for a baby.
I believe that some of the parts of the body being squashed can cause irritation in the early weeks / months.
It is possible that sometimes baby doesn’t recover very well or quickly from being squashed, making baby unhappy.
As the head is compressed greatly during birth, the very soft and mobile bones of the skull bend or overlap to accommodate being squeezed through the birth canal. This is normal, but a very short, a prolonged or a difficult birth with intervention like forceps or ventouse can be much more stressful for the baby.
Although many babies have oddly shaped or bruised heads, usually the head rights itself after birth – this unmoulding process is assisted by breathing, sucking, crying, yawning and the body’s natural shape ‘memory’ programmed within our DNA.
It would seem that logically, the major tension absorbed in birth is at the junction of the base of the skull and the top of the neck. Very close to this junction, the Vagus nerve exits the skull, to supply a significant portion of the digestive system (amongst other things). One possible explanation (my hypothesis) for some symptoms that babies display could be due to some kind of irritation to this nerve causing subtle change to the signals it is able to relay.
Babies and Osteopathy
I will ask you a lot of questions about your pregnancy, your birth experience and your baby.
I look closely at your baby and do some simple painless tests to make sure everything is ok.
I will try to explain what my hands can feel, what I think the problem is, what I can do to help and how long that will take.
Sometimes I will suggest you go back to the doctor, midwife, health visitor or other specialist, depending on what I find.
I have children of my own and know what it is to be a concerned parent. I have treated my own children from birth and now they come and ask me to fix any of their pains or problems.
After taking a detailed case history, finding out about the birth, performing neurological testing and a gentle structural examination, parents are given feedback of what the osteopath can feel and offered an appropriate plan of action.
We work with a ‘team approach’ to treatment and there are times when we will recommend you consult your doctor, paediatrician or other suitably qualified professional for further advice on top of any we may give.
Alex has cared for his own babies from immediately after they were born (within seconds) so don’t think your child may be ‘too young’. Early attention often helps quickest. Also, it is never ‘too late’ to have your child or yourself assessed.
Care for Mums
Lets face it, baby always gets to the front of the queue. Mum, you are important too, so if you are in pain after the ordeal, you might need some care and attention.
I’m just as gentle with grown-ups as with children, you have nothing to be scared of.
Sometimes, the birth process may lead to problems for the mother – the most frequent being back pain – a gentle treatment soon after the birth can help the mother’s body return to a state of balance more quickly.
Mum is often forgotten after giving birth, so looking after mums with some necessary osteopathic treatment will help to keep the whole family happy.
The osteopathic approach to family members of all ages is a gentle and safe method of diagnosis and treatment.
Many issues often resolve within approximately six visits, some more long-lasting problems do best with more regular check-ups. You will never be pressured into a course of treatment, you can stop any time you like and even ask for your money back, but we regularly see people who recognise the benefits of osteopathic care successfully following the complete path we suggest and feeling much better at the end.