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Published by Better Health Osteopathy on 24 April 2022, BabiesChildrenPregnancyUncategorized
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.
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 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.
Here are some tips to help you plan for your baby’s first osteopathic consultation.
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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Lorraine Herity is the Clinic Director of Better Health Osteopathy in Christchurch, New Zealand. She previously worked in Osteopathic clinics in London and Ireland, before moving to New Zealand. Lorraine trained at the British School of Osteopathy in London, where she gained her Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost). Lorraine is a dedicated and passionate Osteopath. Her main aim is to help her patients regain their health and to return her patients back to their everyday activities, in as quick a time as possible. Lorraine is also a clinic tutor on the Osteopathic Course in Ara and relishes the opportunity to teach the next generation of osteopaths.
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