Osteopathy and Children

The calm and soothing approach of Osteopathy makes it especially suitable for treating children, including new-born infants.

Children may develop a variety of structural problems from a variety of causes, including:

  • difficulties during pregnancy or childbirth
  • childhood accidents and falls
  • infections or inflammatory conditions
  • genetic disorders.

Osteopathic principles, care and treatment can assist in a wide variety of conditions, either solely or alongside other disciplines.

Structural problems

Structural problems, such as those affecting the proper mobility and function of the body’s framework, can lead to a range of problems. These may include:

  • postural – such as scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine)
  • respiratory – such as asthma
  • manifestations of brain injury – such as cerebral palsy and spasticity
  • developmental – with delayed physical or intellectual progress, possibly triggering learning or behavior difficulties
  • infections – such as ear and throat infections or urinary disturbances.

Osteopathy can assist in the prevention of health problems and help children make a smooth transition into normal, healthy adult life.

Whole person

Osteopaths care for the child as a whole person. This holistic approach encompasses all functions and influences, including the body, emotions, mind and spirit.

Before any treatment is begun, the Osteopath prepares a comprehensive case history and completes an examination of the child, including medical tests. This would determine if osteopathic treatment is appropriate or if there is a need for referral.

Using sensitive palpatory skills, the Osteopath can gently identify where the child’s structure has been disturbed.

Most importantly, Osteopaths realize that within every child there are inherent self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms. Osteopaths assist, accelerate and enhance the natural healing process.