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:
- Back & Neck Pain
- 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.
- Other musculo-skeletal pains related to growth and development.
Our Osteopaths regularly receive and give referrals to and work with medical practitioners, paediatricians, maternal and child health nurses, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists and other professionals in meeting the needs of babies, infants, children and their families.
Osteopaths with a focus on children have in depth knowledge of:
- Anatomical, physiological, musculoskeletal and neurological issues and considerations in children and young people throughout their development
- Developmental milestones and normal development
- Paediatric screening protocols by age and sex
- Paediatric referral pathways
- Paediatric clinical presentations
- Serious health risks affecting children and young people
- Paediatric assessment and clinical tests for children and young people
- Screening for general health and wellbeing issues affecting children and young people
- Age appropriate manual therapy interventions
- Broader health interventions for children and young people outside of manual therapy that may have benefits
- Indicators of child distress/trauma
- Social and psychological factors that may impact physical capabilities in children and young people.
- Reference http://www.osteopathy.org.au/pages/paediatrics.html
Note: there are no specialisations within osteopathy. However many osteopaths choose to work with a specific patient group or groups and undertake further study and/or training to support their clinical focus.
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.