Osteopathy for babies and children,
& during pregnancy
I have completed a two-year MSc. in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Osteopathic Centre for Children.
This included on-the-job training in treating children of all ages, learning with some of the best paediatric osteopaths in the country.
Probably the most memorable part of the course was a module spent in the neonatal unit of Barnet Hospital, treating premature infants often still in SCBU.
Congratulations on the birth of your child! The changes that occur over 9 months as an embryo develops and grows, and finally emerges into the world, are so complex that it is a wonder any of us are here at all.
Babies’ skeletons are softer than an adult’s and osteopaths will use gentler techniques (such as cranial osteopathy) when treating babies. Osteopathy is suitable for babies and children, and gentle manipulation could help soothe and relax your baby.
Pregnancy can cause aches and pains in various joints of the body, especially the spine or pelvis, and osteopathy may be able to help.
I offer a free Postnatal Mother & Baby Check-Up, up to 3 months after birth.
Please call 520714 to arrange an appointment if you would like to know how well Mum is recovering from the physical strains of pregnancy and childbirth, and for an assessment of your baby.
Children respond well to osteopathy. Their bodies are flexible and heal quickly. When treating older children I often provide advice and treatment related to posture, injuries and musculoskeletal pain.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your child’s specific case, please telephone the practice on 520714 and ask to speak to Daniel directly.
Click here for a typical case: a baby with problems turning his head
Oliver was brought to see me aged 3 months, because his mother was concerned about how he was holding his neck. When he was lying in his cot his head was turned to the right and he rarely looked to the left. She had also noticed that his head was a “funny shape”. He was otherwise a healthy thriving little boy.
When I examined him, he was moving his arms and kicking his legs in a symmetrical manner with good strength. His breathing was regular, he smiled on making eye contact with his mother. There was a flattening on the right side of the head, but the sutures of his skull felt smooth and the fontanelles were open, and I was able to reassure his mother that Oliver was developing normally and the flattening would fill out once he became old enough to sit up and move his head around.
He could follow his mother with his eyes in all directions, but his neck movement was clearly restricted to the left. I found some joint restrictions in his neck and over 3 sessions I worked very gently into the upper back, neck and the base of the skull to improve his range of movement and reduce the muscle tightness. Soon he was able to move his head freely and was reaching out to grab toys in all directions.
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Would you like advice or treatment for your child?
If you are booking one of the free post-natal mother & baby check-ups, please say so at the time of booking.
To make an appointment please call (01534) 520714
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