Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that treats the whole little person. Your osteopath will carefully select the most appropriate treatment techniques to maximise the safety and comfort of you and your growing baby.
Changes during pregnancy
During pregnancy, your body undergoes tremendous change to accommodate the growing fetus. Apart from the obvious physical changes like expansion of the abdominal region, hormonal releases can affect the function of your body’s internal systems. As your pregnancy progresses, the extra weight creates a shift in your body’s centre of gravity. Your supporting ligaments also soften. These factors can add stress to your body, causing problems like back pain, sciatica, insomnia, shortness of breath, swelling, high blood pressure and fatigue. Your osteopath can offer advice about managing these symptoms and demonstrate self-help techniques which you and your partner can use during pregnancy and labour. Your osteopath’s aim is to assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth – maximising your body’s ability to change and support you and your baby with a minimum of pain and discomfort.
Birthing and beyond
Osteopathy for Infants & Children
As Osteopaths, we recognize the particular stresses on the body children experience as they grow from babies to teenagers, and has developed an approach to work with children of all ages.
A range of problems may interfere with the normal development of a child. Childhood accidents and falls, or simply the young body’s rapid growth can create or contribute to problems associated with bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Other issues faced by children include posture problems, inflammatory conditions and sporting injuries.
Our osteopaths will work with you and your child to plan the best way forward. We take a complete medical history, conduct an examination, and ask you and your child questions. This will help us to determine which type of osteopathic treatment is most appropriate, and if referrals to other health practitioners are needed. We will also offer advice on general nutrition and health, posture and exercise.
Conditions that osteopaths treat in children and teenagers include*:
- back pain and headaches
- growing pains in muscles, bones and joints
- postural problems including curvature of the spine
- walking difficulties or foot pain
- sporting injuries
- the physical effects of cerebral palsy
Osteopathic care is gentle without the use of drugs or surgery. It can assist the young body to adapt to growth-related changes which may prevent other health problems. It aims to allow your baby to grow into a healthy child and, ultimately, a healthy young adult.
Osteopaths treat babies, children and teenagers for a range of conditions. Early treatment may prevent other problems from occurring.
*Research and Evidence
Natalie M. Hayes, DO; Todd A. Bezilla, DO
Published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2006, Vol. 106, 605-608.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment appears to be a safe treatment modality in the pediatric population when administered by physicians with expertise in osteopathic manipulative treatment. Future studies should be prospective and include larger numbers of patients to document the safety of osteopathic manipulative treatment in this clinical application.
- Effect of osteopathic manipulative treatment on middle ear effusion following acute otitis media in young children: a pilot study.
Steele KM, Carreiro JE, Viola JH, Conte JA, Ridpath LC.
Published in the Journal of American Osteopathic Association
A standardized osteopathic manipulative treatment protocol administered adjunctively with standard care for patients with acute otitis media may result in faster resolution of middle ear effusion following acute otitis media than standard treatment alone.
- The use of osteopathic manipulative treatment as adjuvant therapy in children with recurrent acute otitis media.
Mills MV, Henley CE, Barnes LL, Carreiro JE, Degenhardt BF.
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003 Sep;157(9):861-6
The results of this study suggest a potential benefit of osteopathic manipulative treatment as adjuvant therapy in children with recurrent AOM; it may prevent or decrease surgical intervention or antibiotic overuse.
F.Cerritelli, G.Pizzolorusso, C.Renzetti, V.Cozzolino, M.D’Orazio, M.Lupacchini, B.Marinelli, Alessandro A.C.Lucci, J.Lancellotti, S.Ballabio, C.Castelli, D.Molteni, R.Besana, L.Tubaldi, F.Paolo Perri, P.Fusilli, C.D’Incecco, G.Barlafante
Published in PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0127370
Osteopathic treatment reduced significantly the number of days of hospitalization and is cost-effective on a large cohort of preterm infants.