Birth is a very stressful event for a baby as well as the mother. Almost all newborn babies experience some degree of trauma during labour, regardless of the type of delivery. The soft and pliable skeleton of a baby assists the baby through the birthing process, however may make them vulnerable to lasting mechanical strains from the birth.
Osteopathic Works can treat babies and children of all ages, including newborns. In combination with a detailed birth case history and structural examination we can determine the extent and location of areas of strain or restriction within the baby’s musculoskeletal system.
We may assist with the musculoskeletal components of the following conditions:
- Irritability and difficulty settling
- Sleeping problems
- Feeding difficulties such as poor suckling and latching
- Digestive disturbances such as colic, reflux, wind and bowel changes
- Asymmetrical face or head shape
- Restricted movements, such as torticolis
Children of all ages are susceptible to strains in their body from falls, illnesses, bumps to the head and growth spurts. Any unresolved strains may influence the way in which your child grows and develops.
By addressing the musculoskeletal system our gentle Osteopathic treatment may influence the developing nervous system, helping balance, posture, co-ordination and cognitive skills.
Osteopaths may help treat the musculoskeletal components of the following childhood problems:
- Growing pains
- Postural concerns
- Poor sleep and restlessness