A calm and soothing approach to treating children.
The calm and soothing approach of osteopathy makes it especially suitable for treating children, including new-born infants. Children may develop structural problems from a variety of causes including:
- Relaxing the respiratory muscles
- Improving lymphatic draining from the lungs and airways
- Enhancing the blood supply to the chest region
Osteopathic principles, care and treatment can assist in a wide variety of conditions, either solely, or alongside other disciplines.
Structural Problems, such as those affecting the proper mobility and function of the body’s framework, can lead to a range of problems. These may include:
- Postural – such as scoliosis
- Respiratory – such as asthma
- Manifestations of brain injury – such as cerebral palsy and spasticity
- Developmental – delayed physical or intellectual progress, perhaps triggering learning or behaviour difficulties
- Infections – such as ear and throat infections or urinary disturbances, which may be recurrent
Osteopaths care for the child as a whole person. This holistic approach encompasses all functions and influences including the body, emotions, mind and spirit.
Before any treatment is begun, the Osteopath prepares a comprehensive case history and completes an examination of the child, including medical tests, thereby determining if osteopathic treatment is appropriate or if there is need for referral.
Using sensitive palpatory skills, the Osteopath can gently identify where the child’s structure has been disturbed.
Why Osteopathy works
Osteopaths recognize that every structure in the body is designed to move. Along obvious movements, such as crawling, walking, running and skipping, they recognise the importance of internal movements including the circulation of blood, the exchange of gases during breathing, the digestion of food and elimination of waste products.
Osteopaths also understand that the body is constantly adjusting its musculo-skeletal system during activity in order to maintain a sense of balance in the body and keep the eyes and ears horizontal. This sense of balance or lack of it, is central to the Osteopathic discipline.
Osteopaths acknowledge that the body is dynamic and that each region of the body is intrinsically interconnected with every other region. For this reason, Osteopaths recognise that certain symptoms in a particular part of the body may not necessarily be caused by a problem in that area. For instance:
- Headaches may be caused by spinal trauma
- Low back problems may be the sequel to a hip, knee or foot injury
- Disturbances of the infant’s head or body structure may be the result of a difficult labour and may lead to breathing and gastric difficulties
Most importantly, Osteopaths realize that within every child there are inherent self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms. Osteopaths assist, accelerate and enhance the natural healing process.
How Osteopathy works
Because Osteopaths look at the “whole” picture of human functioning, they also use a variety of techniques which acknowledge the many factors which contribute to balance and health.
To this end, Osteopaths provide advice on diet, exercise, posture and many other aspects of daily life. This caring and comprehensive approach to care and treatment complement the body’s natural functions and can help children achieve the highest possible level of health and happiness.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopaths recognise that the functions of the human body are inherently linked and can affect each other. The Osteopath gently works with the body’s structure, to enhance and accelerate the healing process of the body.