Baby Children Osteopath – Paediatric Osteopath South Yarra
Osteopathy can help with many of the common complaints of infants, and is experienced with older children with complaints such as 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 the first physical trauma we experience is birth. 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.
Conditions That May Benefit From Osteopathy
Infants and children often visit South Yarra Osteopathic Clinic for a range of problems such as the following and anecdotally patients report benefit however currently there is insufficient evidence to support osteopathic treatment of these conditions.
- Digestive complaints such as reflux, constipation or wind
- Breast feeding and attachment problems
- Musculoskeletal problems following childbirth such as abnormal head moulding, neck stiffness or restriction (Torticollis)
- Sleeping difficulties or unsettled
- Sports injuries
- ‘Growing pains’
Dr Grace Knight is our resident paediatric Osteopath. She has undergone extensive post-graduate training in the area and has vast experience treating infants to children of all ages; and of all conditions and presentations. She utilises gentle, yet effective, osteopathic techniques to achieve noticeable results.
Osteopathy is a effective gentle choice in helping your baby return to their happy, smiley self. So why not give it a try and make an appointment with Grace today.