Osteopathy for babies & children
Osteopathy for babies and infants
Cranial osteopathy is a safe, gentle, non-invasive form of osteopathy which is gaining in popularity as a form of treatment for babies or infants. Osteopaths are qualified to work with babies and children and are trained to screen for medical conditions, which you will be told about if you need to see another health professional such as your doctor or midwife.
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 contributing to the issue, including environmental factors and the family’s health history.
Osteopathy for babies & infants: first consultation
When you first come to see me with your baby at my clinic here in Harpenden, I take a comprehensive medical history with particular focus on your pregnancy, the birth process and your child’s current health, including his or her diet. This may include discussions around your own diet if the baby is breastfeeding. Once I have taken your child’s medical history I carry out a very gentle physical examination and begin the process of treatment. (Providing I believe that treatment can help your baby to feel more comfortable).
Osteopathy recognises the interrelationship of all systems of the body and that a balanced relationship of the bones, muscles, nerves, connective tissues and organs is an essential part of health.
Osteopaths have a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology and a highly developed sense of touch (palpation) which they use to detect and release areas of tension or structural imbalance.
Osteopaths do not focus on treating conditions, but on ensuring that the child is physically comfortable and balanced. Parents often report improvement in many aspects of health after treatment.
Osteopathy for older children
During the growing process, children’s bones, joints and muscles are particularly vulnerable to damage. Combine this with children’s high level of physical activity and it’s not hard to see why children may be more prone to broken bones, aches and pains, sprains and strains.
I offer osteopathy for children of all ages from my clinic here in Harpenden using a form of osteopathy most suited to the age of the child or his/her particular symptoms. Cranial osteopathy and gentle mobilisation is particularly suitable for babies and younger children, while older children may benefit from massage, stretching or manipulation to release joints. Treatment is based on consultation and examination, which includes a review of medical history and takes into account a variety of other factors including lifestyle and diet.