Wellington Osteopathic Health

Osteopathy for Children

Restoring the relationship between structure & function where needed, right from the off set, through development milestones, puberty and into early adulthood.

Osteopathy in Newborns

Birth exerts considerable pressure upon a baby’s body as they travel through the birth canal. Usually, after birth, a child’s cranial bones will correct naturally with the aid of expansive rhythms such as breathing, crying and suckling.

It is always hoped that this time is uncomplicated and stress-free. However, this is not always the case.

Complications such as caesarean sections, prolonged or rapid labours, and ventouse or forceps deliveries can leave a baby’s body feeling shocked and uncomfortable. As a result, a parent may notice prolonged or excessive crying, feeding and digestive problems and sleeping difficulties in their baby.

An osteopath will feel for and help to release these discomforts and specific anatomical strains present, restoring the relationship between structure and function. This balance is an essential foundation for a child’s development.

Osteopathy in Newborns may help with

  • Excessive crying
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Positional plagiocephaly
  • Digestive problems

What does the baby feel?

Osteopathic treatment is incredibly gentle. They will feel light touch and subtle changes of pressure. Treatment can occur when they are asleep or awake, and toys can always be used as a distraction!

Osteopathy for Children

Osteopathy for children doesn’t stop at the newborn…

Osteopathic treatment is applicable throughout childhood and into adolescence. Periods of rapid change and development can cause strain within the musculoskeletal system. It is important that they do not manifest into postural imbalances that could cause discomfort later in life.

Examples of common presenting complaints

  • Imbalance of the shoulders and upper back
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Muscle pain
  • Sporting injuries