Osteopathy for babies and children is very safe, extremely gentle and is suitable for many infant and childhood conditions.
The osteopath’s role in the care of children is to remove physical tension from the body, which may contribute to an array of different symptoms that commonly present in childhood. However, osteopathic care is not just for ‘sick’ children.
Osteopathy aims to facilitate healthy function in all areas of growing bodies by freeing up muscles and joints, improving blood flow and maintaining postural balance.
Research suggests that osteopathy is an effective form of treatment for otitis media (middle ear infections), paediatric asthma and infantile colic.
Childhood conditions commonly presenting to osteopaths include, but are not limited to:
Infantile unsettledness Infantile colic
Gastroesophageal reflux Feeding difficulties
Sleeping difficulties Head shape concerns
Postural asymmetry Teething symptoms
Excretory challenges: bedwetting, soiling, constipation, diarrhoea. Digestive discomfort
Pain Physical injuries
Headaches Inner ear and sinus symptoms
Breathing difficulty Recurrent respiratory symptoms
Asthma Skin conditions
Behavioural concerns Learning difficulties
Physical restrictions associated with brain injury, motor disease, epilepsy or genetic syndromes.
It is important to note that osteopathic care does not claim to cure any of the conditions listed above. The osteopath’s role is to remove physical tension in the body using gentle and safe techniques that may contribute to many childhood symptoms.
At GrowingBones, we like to make your child’s visit to the osteopath a pleasant experience. The osteopath can treat your baby whilst they are feeding or sleeping. Toddlers can sit and play with toys. There is no need for children to lie still on their backs when receiving treatment, (although it can be nice if they are willing!). In fact, your child’s natural behaviour, movement and posture during play can help to inform the osteopath what areas of the body are functioning well, and what areas may need a little bit of help.
‘Melissa has been treating my 20 month old child for an abnormally aligned hip/knee/ankle.
Treatment over the past two months has turned the ankle and hip to allow for improved movement and alignment of the leg.
Melissa has been very professional with her interaction with me and has been able to treat Aidan despite his reluctance to co-operate sometimes.’
Suzanne, 34 (mother).
Our Melbourne osteopath, Melissa McDougall is passionate about osteopathic care for children and has spent two years practicing in the UK at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London whilst completing a Post-graduate Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy. She graduated with one of the highest marks in her final year, and has gained experience treating children with a wide range of conditions. As part of her diploma, Melissa has practiced in the neonatal intensive care unit in Barnet Hospital, UK providing osteopathy for babies born as early as 16 weeks premature. She has additional experience working with children admitted to hospital at Chase Farm and North Middlesex Hospitals in the UK.