Can Osteopathy Help my Child?
Babies' skeletons are softer than an adult's and our Osteopaths will therefore use gentle techniques such as cranial osteopathy when treating babies. There may be a number of contributing factors to the symptoms and will therefore evaluate all associated areas that may be contributing to the issues.
If a baby has stresses and tensions throughout the body, they may have difficulty in relaxing, which may lead to unsettled and disrupted sleep patterns for your baby and for you. Our Osteopaths also detect imbalances and stresses in a new-born’s body using this gentle manipulation could help soothe and relax your baby.
Complicated or difficult birth:
To allow the head to be delivered during labour, a baby’s cranial bones overlap as they are not fused together. After the birth, the bones should return to their correct place, but in some cases this does not happen and can lead to tension and strain and an unsettled baby.
When a baby is born by Caesarean they do not experience the squeezing and stimulation of the vaginal canal which removes fluid from the lungs. The diaphragm is over stimulated in a rapid motion when the baby is born by Caesarean and can remain tight, causing reflux and affecting function.
Cranial bone overlap can occur when a baby’s head is forcibly pulled during a forceps birth. There can also be damage within the membranes of the skull and both of these conditions can cause headaches and affect muscle and nerve function in the baby.
The membranes of the skull can be affected by this method of delivery. The force used to deliver the baby is very great and can create tensions at the base of the skull and neck.