Osteopathy for Babies

Keeping your baby healthy

Osteopathy is a safe and natural approach to healthcare for all life’s stages. Osteopaths are increasingly being asked to treat babies and children for complaints related to mechanical strains acquired before birth or during the birth process.

Although a babies’ head and body is designed to allow some movement to adapt to the forces of labour, the birth process can be a potentially stressful journey to the outside world for the body. If the birth is particularly difficult, stressful, unduly long or fast or when other complications occur such as the need for forceps, then the baby may struggle to fully resolve the stresses or strains within its body.

As a result many babies are born with, for example, an irregular shaped head. Normally this head shape or moulding will resolve itself over the first few days but if the baby is unable to resolve the stresses and strains within their body, some osteopaths feel that it might lead to subtle changes in function leading to problems further down the line.

Some of the osteopaths at this clinic treat issues like this and other traumas of birth as well  as minor knocks, falls, strains and sprains. An assessment with one of our osteopaths may help to identify issues and if they find anything not in our field they would suggest referral to someone more appropriate.

There might be other conditions that we could help with so why not book in now. We find that many parents now want their baby checked over by a cranial osteopath.

At this clinic we would remind people that osteopathy is not a sole substitute for medical care and assessment, from your midwife, doctor and hospital.

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