Osteopaths treatment of babies and children

Our Osteopaths use both the Biodynamic approach to Cranial Osteopathy  when providing treat for babies and children. This approach provides an indirect Osteopathic treatment model that may be used to influence the musculo-skeletal components of a wide range of  symptoms and conditions in babies & children that may include the following:

  • Back & Neck Pain
  • Ear Infections & Glue ear – presently the efficacy of Osteopathic treatment for this is limited in scientific evidence, & we strongly support further research into the treatment of this condition.
  • Growing Pains – musculo-skeletal strain patterns during growth are common and may cause discomfort and pain that may be treatable.
  • Headaches related to muscular tightening and joint stiffness in the head, neck and shoulders.
  • Teething or Dental Problems related to muscular tension and joint stiffness in the neck and jaw.
  • Co-Ordination Problems & Developmental Delays – will often see tightening of associated musculo-skeletal connective tissues.
  • Speech Problems – may be associated with tightening of the neck, jaw or mouth tissues.
  • Asthma – as with adults, easing the tension within the muscles associated with respiration may assist with easier breathing and help with the onset of attacks.

When babies communicate there is a problem by being unsettled & irritable it is often associated with poor sleeping. Some of the more common symptoms that you may see in your baby  include:

  • Colic, Excessive Wind &/or Constipation
  • Continuous Crying
  • Difficulties with suckling, feeding or a preference to feed only from one breast
  • Stiffness of the neck muscles may be associated with difficulty turning their head to one direction.
  • Baby lying with the head always to one side resulting in plagiocephaly (flat spots on side or back of head)
  • A misshapen head following birth

Our Osteopaths aim to release the musculo-skeletal tension and strain that exists within the infants body. Some of the noted symptoms may improve as a result of a release to the connective tissues. It must be noted that the scientific Osteopathy can help with these symptoms is extremely limited, & we advocate for further peer reviewed research (research links: Hayes 2006Todd 2014). Further, it is important for us to stress that we do not practice or advocate for the use of spinal manipulation (often referred to as ‘cracking or adjustments) in babies or infants.