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We spend a third of our lives sleeping, and many underestimate the impact a good-quality pillow has on our quality of sleep and overall health. Our patients constantly seek our advice on choosing the right pillow as they often struggle to find one to suit their needs.
Many of our patients report restless nights, pain in their neck upon waking, shoulder pain and headaches. Some even wake up a few times at night and have to ‘fluff up’ the pillow they use! We often hear stories of our patients using numerous pillows in an attempt to get a comfortable night’s sleep.
Others purchase expensive mattresses and beds without knowing that a properly fitted pillow will add 30% to the overall comfort experienced from sleeping in their new bed. Therefore if you spend time and money on a mattress and bed, you should do the same and choose an adequately fitted pillow.
The perfect pillow can make a world of difference when it comes to getting the restful night’s sleep you deserve. Investing in a quality pillow is worth it if you want the best health benefits from your night’s sleep.
When looking for the perfect pillow to help improve sleep and overall health, it is essential to invest in one that suits your needs. Here are five reasons why a good pillow should be on your list of must-haves:
It is important to change your pillow regularly to ensure it remains supportive and clean from allergens such as dust mites, fungus, mould and pet dander.
Your head can weigh approximately 5 kg, so this weight will inevitably break down the fibres in your pillow over time. A cheaper pillow made of polyester filling will break down much quicker than a high-quality memory foam pillow. You could replace a cheaper polyester pillow every six months or approximately three years with a higher-quality pillow made of better materials.
Again, It’s common for our patients to tell us that they have had the same pillow for over ten years! If this is the case, it might be time to consider replacing it.
The importance of finding the right pillow cannot be overstated. And the key to selecting the perfect pillow is considering your individual needs and preferences in terms of size, shape, position of sleep, material and overall support.
People are often side sleepers, tummy sleepers, or back sleepers, and some of our patients will change position numerous times a night.
In our experience as Osteopaths, it is challenging to find the right pillow by blindly purchasing off the shelves in retail stores. Our patients often tell us about the number of pillows they have purchased and the vast amounts of money they have spent on them but have yet to find the right pillow. We also often hear stories of couples battling it out for the one good pillow they own!
So it is very important to recognise that even if you have spent a lot of money on a pillow, that does not guarantee it is right for you!
An old rule of thumb was that a slim person and female would require a thin pillow, and a stocky well-built male would need a larger and thicker pillow. This is far from correct, as evident in every pillow fitting we do in our clinic! Different physiques will always require different support from a pillow.
So we highly recommend that you get a specialist, such as one of our Osteopaths at Better Health Osteopathy, to do a pillow fitting for you so that you can find the best pillow that suits your needs.
So please don’t spend your night tossing and turning, and getting an awful night’s sleep, reach out to your Osteopath, who will gladly do a pillow fitting for you and help you find the right pillow from our wide range of stock right here in our clinic. You can book a free 10-minute pillow fitting service with one of our Osteopaths at Better Health Osteopathy by Clicking Here.
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Managing a rotator cuff injury can be challenging, but with the right approach and support, it is possible to make a full recovery. Rest is key when dealing with rotator cuff injuries, so ensuring that you get plenty of rest and take time off from activities that may aggravate your injury is essential. Osteopathic treatment can also be very beneficial, as it aligns the body and reduces tension around the rotator cuff and other parts of the spine. In addition, rehabilitation exercises are important for strengthening the shoulder muscles, improving the range of motion and flexibility, and reducing pain. With the right treatment plan and dedication to rehabilitation, you can make a full recovery from your rotator cuff injury.
A large proportion of our patients at Better Health Osteopathy present with shoulder pain. Shoulder pain can result from bursitis, frozen shoulder, trauma, or a strain or tear to the shoulder’s rotator cuff muscles. The rotator cuff is an important structure of four muscles and tendons located within the shoulder joint, providing strength and stability to the shoulders. These muscles, at times, can be susceptible to injury due to overstretching or repetitive strain and load on the muscles.
When it comes to osteopathic treatment for rotator cuff injuries, osteopathic treatment can help reduce pain and facilitate healing. Osteopaths use joint manipulation, soft tissue massage, and stretching techniques to alleviate discomfort and promote healing. We also work with patients to identify any underlying issues or patterns of movement contributing to the injury. By treating the body as a whole, our Osteopaths will work to restore balance and health to the muscles, tendons, and other structures of the shoulder joint. Our Osteopaths will also advise on posture, ergonomics, activities to avoid or modify, and exercises to help strengthen the shoulder muscles.
The shoulder’s rotator cuff muscles comprise four different muscles: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. These muscles work together to form a network of tendons that provide support and stability for the shoulder joint and allow it to move in multiple directions. When these muscles are injured, it can cause pain and limit the range of motion.
The symptoms of a rotator cuff injury can vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury. Common symptoms include pain when lifting or lowering your arm, difficulty raising your arm overhead, weakness in your shoulder muscles, and tenderness in the affected area. It can also be difficult to sleep on your shoulder at night time.
Rotator cuff injuries can be caused by several factors, such as repetitive movement like throwing or lifting heavy objects, acute trauma to the area, or aging. These injuries can also be caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis or bursitis of the shoulder joint. Commonly poor technique while weight lifting in the gym can also lead to rotator cuff injuries.
Rotator cuff tears can range from a small partial tear to a large rupture and often cause pain in the shoulder or upper arm. In fact, 20-30% of adults above 60 will have at least one full-thickness rotator cuff tear, with the supraspinatus muscle being the most commonly torn.
The most common treatment for rotator cuff injuries is rest, followed by physical therapy, such as osteopathic treatment and rehabilitation. Other treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medications, hot/cold compresses, and corticosteroid injections, can reduce inflammation and pain. Surgery may also be necessary in some rare cases.
If you have injured your shoulder, it is always wise to get it checked by your Osteopath so that you can speed up your healing and also prevent possible progression to a frozen shoulder, which is a very complex condition that can last proximately 18 months, and is very common in middle-aged patients from 40 years old and upwards.
Osteopathy uses gentle manipulation to treat musculoskeletal issues such as rotator cuff injuries. Osteopaths use their hands to diagnose and treat the underlying causes of pain, restore mobility, reduce inflammation and improve blood flow in the affected area. This treatment can help relieve pain associated with rotator cuff injury. Rehabilitation exercises will then be prescribed to help strengthen the rotator cuff muscles in the shoulder. This is a very effective way to manage your injury and get you back to health quickly.
The healing time for a rotator cuff injury will vary depending on the severity of the damage and the treatment sought. Generally speaking, minor injuries may take up to six weeks to heal, while more severe injuries can take up to three months or longer.
If you suffer from a rotator cuff injury, the following five tips can help you better manage your injury.
Rehabbing your rotator cuff injury is an important step in quickly getting you back to total health. Once your Osteopath has managed to help you with your pain and improved the range of movement in your shoulder, you will begin a tailor-made rehabilitation plan focusing on strengthening the weakened muscles and ligaments in your shoulder.
When rehabbing a rotator cuff injury, it is important that you slowly and gradually increase the load on your shoulder and slowly build up the intensity of your rehabilitation exercises. This will help ensure you are not overworking your shoulder, which can cause further injury or pain.
To prevent future tears or strains, practise proper form and technique when engaging in any work activity or sport that uses the shoulders and ensure to maintain strength and flexibility within the shoulder muscles. Your Osteopath will guide you clearly through this process.
Rotator cuff injuries can be painful and debilitating, but with the proper treatment and rehabilitation programme, they can be managed effectively, and you can get back to total health quickly. Rest, osteopathic treatment, and rehabilitation exercises are all effective ways of managing rotator cuff injuries. Additionally, following the five simple tips above for caring for your injury at home, can help you manage your condition more effectively.
If you are looking for an Osteopath in Christchurch, the Osteopaths at Better Health Osteopathy will happily provide you with an accurate diagnosis and exceptional care for your injury, so that you can get back to everyday activities as quickly as possible.
If you’re suffering from a shoulder injury, it may be time to book with one of our experienced Osteopaths. Contact the team at Better Health Osteopathy in Christchurch today. Call 027 755 5700 or book online.
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As the summer kicks in, we are seeing many more patients present to our clinic with tennis elbow, which we love to treat in our clinic.
Tennis elbow, medically knowns as lateral epicondylitis, is a common painful condition that causes pain and discomfort in the forearm muscles and at the elbow joint. It is caused by repetitive strain or overuse of the arm, wrist, and hand muscles during activities such as playing tennis, gripping objects, typing or holding your baby.
If you are suffering from tennis elbow, your osteopath can provide a correct diagnosis, help relieve your elbow and forearm pain, and prescribe rehabilitation exercises to prevent it from returning in the future.
In this post, we will discuss how osteopathic treatment for tennis elbow can deliver relief from your uncomfortable symptoms.
Common symptoms of tennis elbow include tenderness around the outer part of the elbow, weakness in grip strength or difficulty turning doorknobs or opening jars. In addition, you may also experience swelling, stiffness or tight muscles in the elbow. Tennis elbow can be frustrating as it can be challenging to pinpoint the exact cause of your injury.
Tennis elbow can affect any person, not just tennis payers. It can also affect people of all ages, but it is most common in adults between 30 and 50. Tennis elbow sufferers often have repetitive jobs that can overwork the forearm muscles and can be susceptible to this condition. Painters, carpenters, chefs, surgeons, and parents with new babies have struggled with this condition in the past.
Tennis elbow is caused by repeated contraction of the muscles in the forearm and elbow. This repetitive strain can cause inflammation of the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the bony protrusions on the outside of the elbow (the epicondyles). Frequent and intensive activities such as painting, tennis playing, gardening or any other activity that involves repetitive arm movement can cause this condition.
Tennis elbow can usually be diagnosed through a physical examination by your Osteopath. Your Osteopath will examine the affected area and ask about your symptoms, medical history, and daily activities to determine what is causing the condition. In some cases, your Osteopath may refer you for further imaging, such as X-rays or Ultrasound, depending on your symptoms and rate of recovery.
At our clinic, we use a variety of techniques to treat tennis elbow. We may recommend soft tissue massage, manipulation, and stretching techniques to help reduce muscle tension and promote healing. We will also provide a tailor-made rehabilitation programme that stretches and strengthens the affected area.
Your Osteopath will focus on more than just the elbow area. They will examine the entire spine, shoulder, elbow and forearm muscles to determine the root cause of your pain and discomfort.
Osteopathic treatment aims to:
Through this approach, your osteopath can help alleviate your tennis elbow symptoms, increase joint mobility, and address other areas of dysfunction in your body that may contribute to your injury.
At times, tennis elbow can take many months to heal. Sufferers tend to experience ongoing pain because it is tough to rest muscles that are activated in almost every move, such as typing, cleaning your house, and lifting your baby. As such, the healing process can take time as the strained muscle tissue requires adequate rest to repair itself.
If your symptoms haven’t improved after six to 12 months of extensive rehabilitation and osteopathic treatment, a referral will be made to an orthopaedic surgeon. However, surgery is only ever required in rare cases.
If you’re experiencing persistent elbow and forearm discomfort, then it may be time to book in with one of our experienced Osteopaths. Contact the team at Better Health Osteopathy in Christchurch today. Call 027 755 5700 or book online.
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Colic is a poorly understood condition affecting up to 30% of babies. Babies cry for an extended period of time for no apparent reason or underlying medical condition. Colic can cause significant distress for both the baby and their parents, as colic-related symptoms such as excessive crying, restlessness and abdominal pain can be very difficult to manage. Parents can feel very helpless as they find it exceptionally difficult to soothe or calm their baby.
The term colic is a bit of a misnomer, as the name suggests an intestinal origin, however, the underlying reason is unknown. Colic is, therefore, a diagnosis of exclusion, it is given when no other reason can be found as to why a baby is crying excessively. In only 5% of colic cases, is an underlying organic cause of excessive crying found.
Sometimes the pain and discomfort in your baby can be due to stresses and strains in your baby’s body, which can occur during the birthing process. Fortunately, there are a variety of very gentle osteopathic treatments that may help reduce these stresses and strains in your baby’s body.
Babies have been known to fuss and cry, especially during the first 12 weeks of life. The range for what’s considered ‘normal crying’ can be difficult to pin down. Medically, colic is defined as crying for three or more hours a day, three or more days a week, for three or more weeks. Unfortunately, some colic babies can be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to comfort.
Features of colic may include the following:
Sometimes there can be some instant relief in symptoms after the infant passes gas or has a bowel movement. Gas is likely the result of swallowed air during prolonged crying.
Simply put, the cause of colic is unknown. This is exceptionally frustrating for parents to hear. We know this as we deal with upset babies and their parents daily in our clinic.
There are, however, numerous contributing factors that may contribute to pain and discomfort in your baby. Symptoms of colic will vary for every baby.
Possible contributing factors that have been suggested include:
Colic typically appears within the first month of life, peaks at about age 6 weeks, and resolves itself by age 3 to 4 months. Bouts of crying and fussiness often occur at about the same time of day or night and continue for hours for no apparent reason. A few infants cry almost incessantly.
Excessive crying may cause aerophagia ( too much-swallowed air), which results in flatulence and abdominal distention. Typically, colicky infants eat and gain weight well, although vigorous nonnutritive sucking may suggest excessive hunger. Compared with regular crying, colicky crying is more turbulent and has a higher pitch.
Colic is benign and self-limiting as most babies improve by the age of 3 to 4 months. Drug treatment generally has no place in the management of colic unless the baby is suffering from gastroesophageal reflux. Always discuss any concerns you have about your baby with your GP or pediatrician.
You should definitely see the GP if your baby:
If your baby is suffering, always take your baby first to the GP for a full check-up in order to rule out any serious underlying conditions such as bowel constriction, infection, neurological issues, possible reflux, allergies etc. If the GP can’t find anything wrong, then it is a good idea to see your Osteopath, who will do a full examination of your baby’s musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles, ligaments and bones).
The birthing process can be a very traumatic event for lots of babies due to prolonged births, the use of forceps and ventouse and emergency caesar sections. Babies often present to us with stresses and strains in their neck, upper back, ribs, and pelvis, which can be a very normal part of the birthing process. This can potentially cause pain and discomfort to your baby, just like what any child or adult would experience if they had a similar strain in their body.
Often we find that babies have very obvious restrictions in their necks, back or shoulders. For example, they often can’t rotate their neck in one direction and are having problems latching on to one of the breasts. Your osteopath will clearly point out any of these restrictions to you.
Osteopathic treatment for babies follows a very gentle and holistic approach that focuses on the root of the problem. Treatment aims to remove any tensions that may have occurred during pregnancy and/or delivery and to restore proper balance and alignment of the body to optimise health and well-being.
With gentle and appropriate techniques, your Osteopath will rebalance the baby’s tensions by working on the whole body (skull, spine, abdomen, pelvis, and lower and upper limbs.) It can also release the tensions around the mouth (jaw, throat, soft palate) to allow your baby to breastfeed and bottle feed better if having difficulty.
At your first appointment, the Osteopath will undertake a detailed medical history, where questions will be asked about the delivery, the baby’s health, family history, and the mother’s health.
A thorough Osteopathic exanimation of the baby’s spine, joints, and muscles will be undertaken. The examination will be very gentle and aims to feel for any unusual restrictions, tightness, or stresses within the joints, muscles, and ligaments of the spine. Any findings will be discussed with the parent, and consent for treatment will always be sought from the parent in advance.
A treatment plan will be developed and tailored to the baby’s needs. The Osteopath will use exceptionally gentle manual techniques to address any dysfunction, tensions, or imbalances in your baby’s spine and body during the treatment. These hands-on techniques will improve mobility and release tension in your baby’s body and spine.
In some cases, we may feel that Osteopathic treatment is not suitable for your baby’s condition; we will then refer you back to your GP or paediatrician for further screening or treatment if needed.
Osteopathic treatment rebalances strains and stresses in your baby’s body. The majority of babies respond very well to Osteopathic treatment. You may notice they can turn their neck better, have a better latch, sleep better, cry less, or have less constipation, but that all depends on their specific condition, treatment, and individual response to treatment. Some babies can feel tired after treatment. Often it can take a couple of treatments for babies to respond fully, but most babies will start to improve after their first treatment. If you have any concerns after treatment, your Osteopath will be happy to discuss those with you.
Here are some tips to help you plan for your baby’s first osteopathic consultation.
Rhythmic calming techniques are effective in calming colicky babies, which forms the core of the 5 Ss approach.
1. Swaddling, safe swaddling carefully avoiding overheating, covering the head, using bulky or loose blankets, and allowing the hips to be flexed
2. Side or stomach, or holding upright (holding a baby on the back is the only safe position for sleep, but it is the worst position for calming a crying baby);
3. Shhhhhh sound (making a strong shush sound near the baby’s ear, or using a white noise machine.
4. Gently swing the baby with tiny jiggly movements (no more than 1 back and forth), always supporting the head and neck
5. Sucking (Putting your baby on the breast for comfort, on your clean finger or a pacifier)
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Children can experience aches and pains in their muscles and bones, which can affect their legs, thighs and calves, which are often called growing pains. Growing pains affect children at a young age and sometimes can be due to growth spurts. The pain and discomfort experienced is often mild, but children can sometimes report severe pain, especially at night time. The leg pain and discomfort can be so intense that it can wake children from their sleep. The good news is that children do not have to suffer, as osteopathic treatment can help!
In this article, we will discuss the benefits of seeking osteopathic care for growing pains and how to recognise them, and we will provide six tips for parents to better help manage growing pains at home.
Growing pains are muscular aches and pains in both legs, usually in the calf, behind the knee and in the front of the thigh. Growing pains shouldn’t cause any pain in the joints and should not cause any swelling, warmth, redness, or limping. If your child experiences these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
Growing pains can come and go and be quite intermittent in nature. The pain can be quite intense at night but should be gone in the morning. Some children can become quite distressed with the intensity of pain, especially at night.
Growing pains should not impact on how your child moves and should not cause any limp in a child. They also do not cause any long-term health problems. However, parents should be aware that growing pains can sometimes affect a child’s daily activities and behaviour, as growing pain symptoms can cause fatigue, irritability, and difficulty sleeping.
Growing pains can be diagnosed by your Osteopath or Doctor, who will, first of all, consider anything serious that may be causing the pain. X-rays and other imaging normally are not required.
If you are concerned about the pain in your child’s legs and are not sure if this is growing pain, always reach out to your Osteopath or doctor. They will help to give you a proper diagnosis and identify the root cause of your child’s pain.
The benefits of seeking osteopathic treatment for growing pains are numerous. Osteopaths will address underlying factors that may be contributing to growing pains, such as postural dysfunction or physical restrictions in the calf and thigh muscles and joints such as the foot, ankle and hips. Through a holistic approach, osteopaths help to improve your child’s symptoms and overall health and well-being.
At Better Health Osteopathy, we use very gentle techniques to treat the pain and dysfunction that your child may be experiencing.
Our Osteopaths will create a specific treatment plan tailored specifically to the needs of each child. Techniques used may include soft tissue massage and very gentle joint mobilisation.
Our treatments not only help relieve growing pain symptoms but also uncover any underlying causes that can add to and exacerbate the condition.
Growing pains typically stop after a child reaches the age of 12. After this age, growing pains tend to ease in most children as periods of rapid growth have slowed down, and there is much less strain on their bones and muscles. However, they can still occur in adolescence. The good news is that growing pain episodes can be managed with the help of an experienced osteopath.
At Better Health Osteopathy, we recognise that growing pains can be a difficult time for children and their families, but with the help of an osteopath, relief is possible. We can provide expert diagnosis and treatment plans tailored to each child, using a holistic approach to improve their growing pain symptoms and overall well-being. And you don’t have to wait for your child to “grow out of it”.
Whether your child is experiencing growing pains or is suffering from other injuries, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team of Osteopaths are here to help your child!
Please feel free to contact our Osteopaths at Better Health Osteopathy or simply book your appointment online. Call 027 755 5700 or book online.
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Many mums experience pain in their thumbs and wrists during pregnancy and during the weeks following their child’s birth. This condition is known as ‘mommy thumb’. This is a painful condition causing inflammation of the tendons of the thumb and wrist. It is medically known as De Quervain’s tenosynovitis.
Daily tasks such as lifting your baby in and out of car seats, onto change tables, in and out of cots, and breastfeeding, can all prove quite painful when suffering from this condition.
It is most commonly the result of carrying your baby, leading to overuse of the wrist and forearm muscles. It can also result from fluid retention resulting from lactational changes during breastfeeding. It is estimated that approximately a quarter of all mums can suffer from ‘mommy thumb’
Work and daily activities that involve repetitive thumb and wrist movements may contribute to de Quervain’s tenosynovitis. The tendons become irritated due to the new repeated action of lifting and caring for your young baby. It is often associated with hormonal changes within the body during breastfeeding.
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is diagnosed clinically after a detailed medical case history and examination. Often imaging is not required.
Your Osteopath will go through your medical history and look for any risk factors contributing to your symptoms. A detailed examination of your thumb, wrist, shoulder, and spinal movements will then be conducted.
We will never just focus on your thumb and wrist because many other strains throughout your body can also add to the strain and dysfunction in your wrist and thumb. For example, if your shoulder is not functioning correctly, this will affect how your elbow, wrist, and thumb function. These joints are all interrelated, and a detailed examination must be carried out to determine the root cause of your pain.
Your Osteopath will help reduce the inflammation at the thumb and wrist using hands-on osteopathic treatment, such as gentle manipulation, articulation, and soft tissue techniques. Your Osteopath will also treat the restrictions and dysfunction elsewhere in the body that may have contributed to this overuse injury. This will not only help with the acute injury but will also help to prevent re-occurrence down the track. Your Osteopath will also devise a detailed rehabilitation program for you, focusing on stretching and strengthening exercises.
If you did not respond to osteopathic treatment and rehabilitation, we would refer you to a specialist hand consultant to consider a corticosteroid injection. Surgery may also be considered, but this is rare for most patients.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis can take anywhere from weeks to months to heal, depending on the severity of the injury and the level of self-care applied at home.
The process of healing proceeds in a relatively organised fashion. It follows 3 Phases of Healing that quite often overlap. Pain and inflammation throughout the healing process are expected as you will continue to load tissues that are still healing from their injury. For more information about the healing process – Click Here.
If you are struggling with Mommy Thumb (De Quervain’s tenosynovitis) – Our Osteopaths are here to help you!
Please do not hesitate our osteopaths at Better Health Osteopathy in Christchurch today. Call 027 755 5700 or book online.
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Our Osteopaths are Better Health Osteopathy are highly trained primary healthcare providers who are trained to treat all sorts of musculoskeletal injuries. These include back pain, neck pain, headaches, trapped nerves, sciatica, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, plantar fasciitis, and sports injuries such as pulled hamstrings, Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, and ankle sprains, to name a few.
Our approach is to provide the highest quality of care to our patients through osteopathic treatment and help address all our patients’ underlying injuries more cohesively and under one roof!
Our patients are often amazed that we can address several injuries at one appointment. This usually avoids the need for patients to seek help from numerous different healthcare professionals for their various injuries. More importantly, our patients learn that everything in the body is anatomically connected and that an Osteopath will never look at your injury in isolation.
Suppose, for example, that you present with back pain. In that case, your Osteopath will never just examine and treat the back, as there often will be associated dysfunction in the upper back, neck, knee, and ankle. Our Osteopaths will then treat all these areas of dysfunction as there is a high chance these are all interrelated injuries and that your primary injury will not heal properly without addressing the other dysfunctional areas present in the body.
Our Osteopaths, therefore, offer a holistic approach to healthcare. By using Osteopathic treatment, we also aim to limit the need for medication and provide pain relief by addressing the true underlying cause of the pain.
At Better Health Osteopathy, we have a three-pronged approach to treatment:
So next time you are in the clinic, please feel free to discuss any other injuries you may be struggling with, as you might be surprised at how easy we can address these for you! 😊
If you are struggling with one or numerous injuries – Our Osteopaths are here to help you!
Please do not hesitate to contact our Osteopaths at Better Health Osteopathy in Christchurch today. Call 027 755 5700 or Book Online.
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At Better Health Osteopathy, our Osteopaths regularly provide osteopathic treatment to newborns and infants. The benefits of pediatric osteopathy are becoming more widely known across the world. Many babies that come for treatment will come from a referral from an allied health professional such as a GP, midwife, pediatrician, or personal recommendation.
Osteopathic treatment for babies follows a very gentle and holistic approach that focuses on the root of the problem. Treatment aims to remove any tensions that may have occurred during pregnancy and/or delivery and to restore proper balance and alignment of the body to optimise health and wellbeing.
With gentle and appropriate techniques, the Osteopath will rebalance the baby’s tensions by working on the whole body (skull, spine, abdomen, pelvis, lower and upper limbs.) It can also release the tensions around the mouth (jaw, throat, soft palate) to allow your baby to breastfeed and bottle feed better if having difficulty.
Parents bring their babies to see an Osteopath for many reasons, but most commonly when facing the following challenges:
There is no minimum age. You can take your baby to see an Osteopath from birth. If you have any particular concerns, the sooner, the better, as treatment could help settle and calm the baby. However, your baby can have treatment at any time during its development.
It’s never too late to address strains and injuries in children. In fact, about a third of our patients at Better Health Osteopathy are made up of babies, infants, and children. Children go through many developmental milestones and can put much-added pressure on their developing musculoskeletal system from; sports injuries, growth spurts, postural strains such as text neck, and too much time spent on computers or on their phones.
In some cases, we may feel that Osteopathic treatment is not suitable for your baby’s condition; we will then refer you to your GP or paediatrician for further screening or treatment if needed.
Osteopathic treatment rebalances strains and stresses in your baby’s body. The majority of babies respond very well to Osteopathic treatment. You may notice they can turn their neck better, have a better latch, sleep better, cry less, and have less constipation, but that all depends on their specific condition, treatment, and individual response to treatment. Some babies can feel tired after treatment. Often it can take a couple of treatments for babies to respond fully, but most babies will start to improve after their first treatment. If you have any concerns after treatment, your Osteopath will be happy to discuss those with you.
Compressive forces from birth and pregnancy can affect your baby, but they can also affect the mother. If you are feeling any pain or discomfort, we would recommend a post-partum check-up so we can address any issues that Mum may be struggling with.
If you are concerned about your baby and feel that Osteopathic treatment may be of benefit – please feel free to contact our Osteopaths at Better Health Osteopathy to discuss your concerns or simply book your appointment online.
Call 027 755 5700 or book online.
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