Osteopathy for Babies and Children:

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Osteopathy for babies & children is a gentle and non-invasive technique whereby the practitioner aids the body’s natural self-correcting mechanism to relieve trauma that may have occurred during birth.

The movement of the baby through the cervix in labour obliges the head to move in several specific directions whilst undergoing the powerful pressure of the contractions, this naturally causes some overlapping of the skull and compression. Some compressions may be relieved spontaneously after birth as the baby cries or suckles; however, this un-moulding process is often incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult. Babies who have experienced forceps delivery, a long labour or caesarean birth may develop cranial compression issues resulting in:

  • Colic or Excessive Crying
  • Regurgitation
  • Sinus problems
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Suckling/Feeding difficulties
  • Unsettled restless babies
  • Discomfort while lying on his/her back
  • Postural problems
  • Aches and pains associated with growing
  • Headaches

Reactions to treatment are variable, often the baby or child is very relaxed afterwards and sleeps well. Others have a burst of energy after treatment, usually followed by a good night sleep. Occasionally the child may seem unsettled and this is merely because treatment may take a few hours or days to complete.