Birthing & Beyond

In birthing, the descent of the baby through the pelvis is influenced by a range of factors. If the mother's pelvis is twisted or stiff, it can interfere with the baby's passage through the birth canal. Osteopathic care will restore and maintain normal pelvic alignment and mobility and contribute to a successful birth and healthy baby.

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, fatigue and depression. This will help you meet your baby's needs, whilst caring for your own.




Osteopathy for Babies

The powerful process of birth has enormous effect on the baby. A difficult labor may lead to injury, a misshapen head, colic, 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 techniques, it supports the healthy growth and development of your baby in the womb, and after birth.

Relief from…

  • Low bock and leg pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Discomfort around the thorax and indigestion
  • Wrist pain
  • Post-natal problems of the pelvis

Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy is not new. For many years, osteopaths have used their skills to help, employing a variety of gentle techniques to ease supporting muscles and ligaments.

Every pregnancy is 'special'. Osteopaths focus on the mother as a person and take account of her emotional state and other factors as well as her physical condition.

Treatment may be supplemented by exercises and other forms of self help which the osteopath may prescribe for the mother to do at home.

An osteopath can advise on positions in labor to help prevent back problems later. Pain relief techniques can also be shown to the mother and her partner or friend so that they can help during labor.

After delivery it is advised that mother and child return for structural examination, advice and checkups and, if necessary, for treatment.



Osteopathy for Children

As children grow older, problems may become apparent which may have arisen because of earlier strains or as a result of trauma such as knocks on the head or falls. Recurrent infection in the nose and ears {glue ear) may be due in part to restrictions in the small yet important movements between the various bones of the growing skull.

'Many osteopaths experienced in this field also consider that mechanical stresses on the body can be an important factor in cases of developmental delay such as delayed speech, educational difficulties and problems with co-ordination and physical development that have no particular medical diagnosis. Such children often make better progress once osteopathic treatment has been started.



Osteopathy for Teenagers

As young people grow up the body frame undergoes several changes. Osteopaths with their highly developed sense of touch can help the body framework adjust to the postural demands

made on it. This may simply be due to lack of adaptation to a slightly exaggerated spinal curve or to mechanical changes that occur in conditions such as osteochondritis. If these minor problems are left undiagnosed and untreated they may lead to problems later in life. By analyzing, treating and managing, problems associated with growth, osteopaths make a major contribution to ensuring that young people become, and stay, fit and healthy. Teenagers take part in many sporting and recreational activities which carry the risk of sprains and strains. Skillful diagnosis and treatment by the osteopath can prevent problems developing and allow the body's framework to heal· naturally and adjust to the stresses and strains.

Visiting an Osteopath

When you take your child to an osteopath for the first time a full case history will be taken and he or she will be given an examination. You will normally be asked to remove some of your child’s clothing, so a simple series of movements can be performed.

The osteopath will then apply a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body.

The osteopath may need additional investigations such as x-ray or blood tests. This will allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plan to be developed for your child. Osteopathy is patient centered, this means the treatment is geared to your child as an individual.