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.