OSTEOPATHY AND PAEDIATRICS
A calm and safe environment for babies.
Osteopathy is safe for all ages including new-born infants.
It is recommended that you bring your baby in for a check-up at about six weeks.
Suitable for older children with scoliosis, sports injuries or just general aches and pains.
Osteopaths are well known for treating people for the aches and pains that result from a trauma such as a car accident or a fall. However one of the worst physical traumas that we can experience is being born.
During the birth process the head is forced downwards into the bottom of the pelvis while being twisted at the same time. It is then squeezed through the birth canal followed by the rest of the body which is being twisted like a corkscrew. Breech deliveries and intervention with forceps are even more traumatic and can give rise to problems which, left untreated, can last throughout life.
How does a new-born baby express that she/he is uncomfortable or in pain? One of the first signs can be that they will not suck well when put to the breast or when given a bottle. They might also be unsettled, cry for no obvious reason, be demanding or sleep poorly. Alternatively she/he may be lethargic and unresponsive with no obvious cause or explanation..
Babies often visit Yarra Osteopathy for a range of problems including…
Digestive complaints such as reflux or constipation
Feeding and attachment problems
Musculoskeletal problems following childbirth such as abnormal head moulding and neck deformity
Sleep issues, and much more…
Growing children are extremely resilient but nevertheless the various falls and spills that they inevitably have while growing up can take their toll. As Osteopaths we feel that it is just as important to have regular Osteopathic check ups as it is to have regular dental check ups. In this way long term problems can be nipped in the bud and your child will be much less likely to have a back or neck problem in later life.
You should let an Osteopath have a look at your child routinely once a year but you should also take them along after any trauma such as a fall or car accident or anytime that your child complains of a musculoskeletal pain or headaches.