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. We work under the principle that there may be a number of contributing factors to the symptoms and will therefore evaluate not only the area which is producing the symptoms, but also associated areas that may be contributing to the issues, including past trauma, environmental factors and the families health history.
For more information on cranial osteopathy please see the cranial osteopathy section.
Many of our clients are new-born babies and their families have brought them in for treatment hoping that osteopathy, particularly cranial osteopathy can help them. Detecting the imbalances and stresses in a new-born’s body using this gentle manipulation could help soothe and relax your baby.
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. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the structure and function of the body are intimately related. If the structure is not balanced and healthy then the function is affected.
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.
Caesarean: 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.
Forceps: 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.
Ventouse: 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.
Our Osteopaths are highly skilled and experienced in working with patients ranging from children to older people to pregnant women and will tailor treatment plans for each case. We treat many children and babies here at City Way Health Clinic in our Rochester and Rainham clinics, most of whom have come in for treatment based on recommendations from family and friends of children who have received treatment at the clinic before.
Please feel free to call us at the clinic on 01634 403 403 and one of our team will be happy to give you more information.