Paediatric Osteopathy


Paediatric osteopathy is a specialised branch of osteopathy that is focused on  treating babies, infants, and children. It is a gentle and non-invasive  form of treatment that aims to restore balance and function to the body.  The treatment involves the use of hands-on techniques to manipulate the  body’s musculoskeletal system, with the aim of improving circulation,  reducing tension, and promoting healing.
Paediatric osteopathy is based on the same principles as adult  osteopathy, but it is tailored specifically to the needs of babies and  children. This means that the techniques used are very gentle, and are  designed to suit the delicate and developing bodies of babies and  children.
There are a number of reasons why babies and children may benefit  from osteopathic treatment. For example, babies may experience tension  or discomfort as a result of a difficult delivery, including those born via C-section or with the use of vaccum or forceps, or intrauterine positioning.   
One of the key ways that osteopathy can benefit babies and children  is by improving their musculoskeletal function. A baby’s body is  constantly growing and changing, and even minor strains or positioning can cause discomfort and interfere with normal development. Osteopathy  can help to correct these issues, allowing the body to function more  efficiently and effectively.
For example, babies who have difficulty breastfeeding may be  experiencing a problem with their upper cervical spine or jaw, which can  be gently manipulated to help with mouth opening, latch, and tongue movement.
Babies and children can experience a variety of health issues, many  of which can be effectively treated with osteopathy. Some of the common  conditions that osteopathy can help with in babies include colic,  reflux, difficulty breastfeeding, plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome),  torticollis, and developmental delay. For toddlers and older children,  osteopathy can be helpful for conditions such as ear infections, asthma,  digestive issues, and even behavioral problems.
If you are considering osteopathic treatment for your child, it is important to seek out a qualified and experienced osteopath who specialises in paediatric osteopathy and who has the appropriate training and credentials to provide safe and effective care for your child. Paediatric osteopathy involves additional postgraduate studies and in depth clinical training in addition to the standard undergraduate training in osteopathy. 


Advanced Paediatric Osteopath (APO) is the highest order conferred by the Australian Professional body, Osteopathy Australia in recognition of  postgraduate studies and advanced training , and specialisation in the treatment of infants, children, and teenagers.
Benjamin Lai is the only osteopath who is accredited with APO in Hong Kong and an alumnus of the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London.


Registered Osteopath (Australia & United Kingdom)
Advanced Paediatric Osteopath (Australia)


Ben is a registered osteopath in the UK and Australia. He is also a designated Advanced Paediatric Osteopath.
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