Osteopathy for Babies and Children
Babies and Osteopathy
In our experience and observation, osteopathy seems to help many children relax and maximise their health potential. We 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.
We 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 challenging for the baby.
Although many babies have oddly shaped or bruised heads, usually the head rights itself after birth – this process of changing shape may well be 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
We will ask you a lot of questions about your pregnancy, your birth experience and your baby.
We look closely at your baby and do some simple painless tests to make sure everything is ok.
We will try to explain what our hands can feel, what we think the problem is, what we can do to help and how long that will take.
Sometimes we will suggest you go back to the doctor, midwife, health visitor or other specialist, depending on what we find.
Alex has children of his own and knows what it is to be a concerned parent. He has treated his own children from birth and now they come and ask him 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.
Henna cares for her young cousins and other family members from a very early age so you know you can trust her with your child.
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.
It is very difficult to give any specifics or guarantees, but 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.
What Can it treat?
We are not allowed to claim to treat all those things that you are wondering if we can deal with. They are deliberately not mentioned. You may find that other people have referenced them in reviews, that’s out of our control. If you want to ask about specific conditions, you will need to book an appointment. You will probably be pleasantly surprised by how effective we can be when trying to make an unhappy baby feel better.
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