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What is paediatric osteopathy?

Paediatric osteopathy is a form of osteopathy that focuses on treating the musculoskeletal system of infants and children. From their birth to the age of 18 years, children’s bodies undergo an extensive amount of growing. Paediatric osteopathy aims to identify and address any restrictions or imbalances in their body that may be causing pain, discomfort or developmental issues.

 

Osteopathy is an alternative manual therapy, which works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. Paediatric osteopaths use a variety of techniques, such as gentle mobilization, craniosacral therapy, balance ligament tension and stretching as well as massage to help restore balance and promote healing. 

Birth complications: a common reason why your baby or child may see an osteopath

 

The birthing process is traumatic for babies. It can lead to musculoskeletal problems with their skull being compressed in the womb for nine months and pushed out during delivery. The muscles in their necks and shoulders can be stretched if the child is delivered via C-section, or instruments such as forceps or ventose. These forces applied during birth can cause changes to the baby’s bones and tissues which, in turn, can cause them discomfort. With the helping hand from an osteopath using gentle techniques, they can unwind and relieve these tensions.


What can these tensions look like?

  • Difficulty latching

  • Neck torsion/ favouring one side

  • Head shape deformity 

  • Visibly distressed when passing stool or gas

  • Unable to settle

Other reasons your baby or child might see an osteopath

  • Ear infections

  • Tummy aches or constipation

  • Reflux

  • Sleeping difficulties

  • Delayed development milestones 

  • Mouth breathing and sinus issues

  • Issues which can arise at a later age in children.

  • Digestive issues

  • Headaches

  • Asthma

  • An unusual walking pattern

  • Postural issues

  • Sport accidents 

Meet Kaitland Parks, our osteopath at Knox Rehab Clinic.

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What can I expect during my child's appointment?

During your child's appointment with our paediatric osteopath, a case history is taken including questions about the pregnancy, birthing process, if the child is hitting developmental milestones and what symptoms seem to be concerning the parents.

 

Once case history is taken, a full body assessment is carried out. Occasionally with younger children under the age of 1, depending on the symptoms of the child, they will usually be assessed in their nappy. After the assessment, parents will be informed of the findings, diagnosis, the recommended treatment approach and their outcomes will be explained. Any questions which arise will be answered throughout the appointment.

 

We understand it is upsetting to see your child in discomfort and distress so we will do our best to ensure everyone is happy with our services.

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