The calm and soothing approach of Osteopathy makes it especially suitable for treating children, including new-born infants. Children may develop structural problems from a variety of causes including:
- Difficulties during pregnancy or birth
- Childhood accidents and falls
- Infections or inflammatory conditions
- Genetic disorders
Osteopathic principles, care and treatment, either solely or alongside other disciplines, can assist in a wide variety of conditions.
Structural problems, such as those effecting the proper mobility and function of the body’s framework, can lead to a range of problems. These may include:
- Postural – such as scoliosis
- Respiratory – such as asthma
- Manifestations of brain injury – such as cerebral palsy and spasticity
- Developmental – with delayed physical or intellectual progress, perhaps triggering learning or behaviour difficulties
- Infections – such as ear and throat infections or urinary disturbances, which may be recurrent.
Why Osteopathy Works
Osteopaths recognise that every structure in the body is designed to move. Along with obvious movements, such as crawling, walking, running and skipping, Osteopaths recognise the importance of internal movements including the circulation of blood, the exchange of gases during breathing, the digestion of food and elimination of waste products. Most importantly, Osteopaths realise that within every person there are inherent self healing and self regulating mechanisms. Osteopaths assist, accelerate and enhance this natural healing process.