Osteopathy is a gentle treatment suitable for babies and children. Osteopaths are trained in therapeutic approaches that are suitable for a broad range of individuals for all ages, including pregnant women, children and babies.
At your baby’s first appointment our Paediatric Osteopath, Janine, will carry out an osteopathic assessment to look for body tension and restrictions. Neck and body restriction may arise from a complex delivery, a fast delivery or conversely a prolonged delivery and Osteopathy can be a very helpful aid to relaxation for new born babies. Osteopaths are also trained to screen for medical conditions and will tell you if your baby needs to see another health professional such as a doctor, specialist, lactation consultant, midwife or health visitor.
How can Paediatric Osteopathy help my baby?
Osteopaths use a range of techniques including gentle mobilisation of the skull, spine and peripheral joints; stretching and massage, and cranial osteopathy. Cranial techniques are safe, gentle, and non-manipulative and are often the mode of choice when treating young children and new born infants. Some of the most common presentations osteopath’s see in babies include: breastfeeding issues, digestive problems such as reflux and constipation, developmental delay, restriction in the neck and in peripheral joints.
For your Child
Janine would be delighted to work with children with specific needs, disabilities and learning disabilities and has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Specialist Paediatric Osteopathy. As an Osteopath she will adapt her therapeutic approach depending on the individual needs of the patient and their presenting complaint. Manual therapy techniques employed may include articulation and gentle manipulation of joints and soft tissues, cranial osteopathy and an exercise programme where appropriate.
Osteopaths 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 adding to the presenting complaint. This can include: nutrition, history of trauma, previous injury, social/relationships, environmental factors and family health history to manage your child’s health as a whole.
For Pregnant and Postnatal Women
A woman’s body changes during pregnancy. Some of those changes include the softening of ligaments due to the hormone Relaxin and weight gain leading to changes in posture and centre of gravity. This postural adaptation can lead to additional pressure on joints in various parts of the body, including the spine and pelvis.
Osteopathy may help to relieve the stresses and strains on your body during pregnancy and after birth using the principle that healthy balance and function of the musculoskeletal framework of the body is essential to whole body health. Techniques used include gentle joint mobilisations, soft tissue massage and stretches. Often exercises are prescribed as part of the management programme.
From onset of periods to pregnancy, menopause and beyond, Women's Health Osteopathy addresses the specific needs of optimising health and wellbeing. Using Osteopathic principles and applying them to the female pelvis and body as a whole, understanding hormonal influences, mechanical strains, dietary and nutritional impact, and antenatal health, your pregnancy and birth history including postpartum recovery, Janine with her interest and experience is able to create a treatment plan to address complex and diverse Women's Health needs specifically.
… and finally for New Fathers
New fathers experience many of the same demands as new mothers, such as sleepless nights and tiredness whilst caring for the new addition to the family. Fathers can also benefit greatly from osteopathic treatment to address aches and pains or chronic issues.