Many people believe that children and babies will not have any structural stresses or strains in their bodies, because they are so young. This is unfortunately often not the case. For example, at birth the baby is subjected to great forces, as the uterine contractions push the baby through the birth canal with it‘s varying degrees of natural resistance. At this time, the baby has to squeeze through the bony pelvis, this imposes twisting and turning motions on the young body. The baby’s head has an incredible ability to cope with these stresses during delivery. As delivery occurs, the soft bones overlap, bend and warp in order to reduce the size of the head. It is not unusual for babies to be born with odd shaped heads as a result of their birth.
Within the first few days after birth, the head usually loses the extreme moulded shape. However, sometimes this re-shaping is incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult. This can mean the baby has to live with some unresolved and possibly uncomfortable stresses within its head and body.
Osteopathy works gently within the cranial approach to aid the release of stresses and strains allowing the baby to be more relaxed and at ease.
Older children may suffer with the stresses and strains of everyday life. The demands of modern technology can take their toll on the developing musculo-skeletal and nervous systems of children and teenagers. For example hours bent over a Nintendo DS or sat awkwardly in bed watching a laptop or exam revision. Osteopathy is a holistic therapy which can help with many things including generalised aches and pains, difficulty in relaxing, uncomplicated headaches and neck pain by freeing the body to express its optimum potential for health and growth.
We work closely with GPs, midwives, health visitors and breastfeeding counsellors, regularly receiving direct referrals from these health professionals. Albert Road Osteopaths is proud of the reputation earned over 30 years with around 80% of our new patients arising from personal recommendation.
Note: The Advertising Standards Agency will only allow osteopaths to mention conditions where the efficacy has been proven by large-scale clinical trials. This data is not available for many conditions that patients report improvement in, so they may not be mentioned here.
Please contact us if you want to discuss whether osteopathy is likely to be able to help your child.