How do I know if my child needs to see an Osteopath?
Osteopaths commonly treat babies with:
Pregnancy, Antenatal &
As your pregnancy progresses, the extra weight creates a shift in your bodies 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, reflux, swelling, high blood pressure and fatigue. Your osteopath can help you with gentle osteopathic techniques relieve your symptoms and discomfort
Your osteopath’s aim is to assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth, maximizing your body’s ability to change and support you and your baby with a minimum of pain and discomfort.
In birthing, the decent of the baby through the pelvis in influenced by a range of factors. If the mother’s pelvis is twisted of stiff, it can interfere with the baby’s passage through the birth canal. Osteopathic care will restore and maintain normal pelvic alignment and mobility, helping to reduce musculoskeletal stresses during birth.
After the birth, your osteopath will advise you to make return visits with your newborn to help prevent or manage problems like pelvic and low back strain, pelvic floor weakness, mastitis, incontinence, interrupted sleep and fatigue. An osteopath can make referrals to other health professionals if needed. This will help meet your baby’s needs, whilst caring for your own."
The powerful process of the birth has enormous effect on the baby. A difficult labor may lead to injury, a misshapen head, sleeping difficulties, constant crying, and feeding problems. Osteopathy aims to make the birth safe and natural for you and your baby. Using gentle, safe and proven effective technique, it supports the healthy growth and development of your baby in the womb and after birth. Cranial osteopathy (cranio-sacral therapy) is the modality of choice for treating babies.
Excessive crying & irritability
Feeding difficulties / latching
Digestive problems and constipation
Skull deformation or flat head syndrome.
Plagiocephaly (flat head)
Chronic ear infections (Otitis)
Your Osteopath will make a full assessment of your baby's health, ensuring integrity of the musculoskeletal system . If treatment is required it is a gentle osteopathic mobilisation technique aiming to relieve the structural strains in the bones and soft tissues. Most babies find this an extremely relaxing process.
Traumatic birth often requires attention, especially if it is a breech birth, forceps or ventouse assisted birth. There are certain symptoms that a parent can look out for; e.g. thumb sucking; pulling on the ear or head bumping are often indications of the child trying to relieve the discomfort.
Dr. Damien Mouëllic has commonly treated babies with developmental problems—anything from cranial asymmetry (or 'Plagiocephaly') which occurs in difficult births and/or extensive time lying on one particular side in the womb; to babies with gastric reflux and colic pain.