Looking for Paediatric Osteopathy in Torquay?
When treating babies, our osteopaths only use a very gentle form of treatment. There are no ‘cracks or crunches’ or other forceful movements. This makes it a very safe, gentle, yet incredibly effective treatment for the musculoskeletal components of a wide range of problems affecting babies, children and pregnant women.
The birthing process can be incredibly demanding on both mother and baby – especially if birthing aids such as forceps or vacuums are used – which may create stresses and strains throughout the baby’s head (cranium), spine and pelvis. These strains can irritate surrounding nerves and compromise blood supply, resulting in pain, headaches and digestive issues.. Our Osteopaths will work with you and your child to plan the best way forward and if referral to other health practitioners is required.
The most common complaints seen in newborns are reflux, colic and feeding difficulties. A baby will often communicate there is a problem by being unsettled, irritable or wakeful.
Symptoms in a newborn baby to be aware of are:
- Excessive wind
- Continuous crying
- Difficulty feeding or a preference to feed from one breast
- Stiffness of the neck muscles
- Favouring the head to one side
- A misshapen head (plagiocephaly)
- Jaw restriction
- Sleeping difficulties
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a couple of our most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for please contact us and we will be more than happy to answer any further questions.
Osteopathy is a holistic manual therapy that aims to treat the cause of musculo-skeletal conditions rather than simply treating the symptoms. This philosophy is unique in it’s aim to enhance the body’s ability to self-heal by treating the joints, muscles, lymphatic and nervous systems with a variety of ‘hands on’ techniques. Osteopathy seeks to educate the patient and work in conjunction with other health practitioners (eg. GPs, naturopaths, massage therapists, personal trainers) about stretch and strength exercises, posture, diet and aims for long term healing rather than dependence on treatment.
Your practitioner will perform a thorough postural assessment to diagnose the problem and use a variety of techniques depending on each individual. For instance a variety of the following techniques may be used:
Soft tissue manipulation (massage): involves releasing tension in shortened muscles.
Joint manipulation: involves a small amount of movement applied to a joint with minimum force and maximum accuracy. This technique aims to decrease pain and improve the quality of stiff and tender joints.
Muscle contraction and stretching: to improve lengthening shortened muscles.
Joint mobilisation and articulation: involves rhythmic movement
Cranial osteopathy: this gentle therapy aims to balance and strengthen the flow of the cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) being the fluid which surrounds and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. It is safe on children and throughout pregnancy.
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Government and medical studies over recent years have consistently shown osteopathy to be less expensive, use fewer drugs and have higher patient satisfaction than conventional medical care for back, neck and other musculoskeletal pain.
Your osteopath will ask to see any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. Your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear depending on the area of your body requiring treatment. Therefore you may like to wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts if you would be more comfortable.