Conditions that osteopaths treat in children and teenagers:
Osteopathy Australia says that osteopathy recognises the particular stresses on the body undergone by children 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. Trauma during pregnancy and birth, childhood accidents and falls. Or simply the rapid changes of the bodies grows 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.
An osteopath will work with you and your child to plan the best way forward. The osteopath will examine and diagnose problems and before treatment commences will prepare a comprehensive case history of your child. They will complete a physical examination to determine which type of treatment is suitable and if a referral to other health care practitioners is needed. The osteopath will also offer advice on nutrition, general health, posture and exercise.
Osteopathic care is safe, gentle and effective without the use of drugs or surgery. It can assist the young body to adapt to growth related changes, which can help prevent other health problems. It can help a baby grow into a healthy child and, ultimately a healthy young adult.
Back pain and head aches
Ear infections (Otitis)
Growing pain in muscles, bones and joints
Postural problems including curvature of the spine
Walking difficulties or foot pain
Osteopathy's focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit, osteopathic treatment can assist the young body to adapt to growth-related change which can prevent other health problems. The osteopathic management of children at all ages is rewarding as the aim is to ensure that every aspect of growth is taking place appropriately, resolving issues promptly as they arise.