Baby osteopathy: Know how we can help your baby!

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a recognised primary health care occupation. It is based on the theory that smooth function of bones, ligaments, tendons and connective tissue can improve the quality of  your life. Besides, it helps individuals manage certain conditions. Osteopaths can use several hands on techniques to achieve the following:

  • Increase the circulation to certain areas.
  • Reduce muscle stiffness.
  • Manage pain.
  • Improve the mobility of the joints.
  • Promote natural healing abilities.

What is baby osteopathy?

It is essentially the same as general osteopathy described above. However, when working with babies, osteopaths apply techniques significantly gentler in comparison to adults. Overall, osteopaths will aim to help promote healthy development of a baby. If you also have a baby and you want to be more educated as a parent, there are a range of sites that entail information like baby led weaning which is vital for new parents who don’t know what to feed their babies and when.

How can baby osteopathy help my baby?

There are several benefits from taking your baby to see an osteopath. The list below will cover the most common benefits of baby osteopathy:

  • Trauma from a strenuous delivery.
  • Digestive disorders which can include constipation, bloating and reflux.
  • Asymmetry of head shape and torticollis (that is to say, head being rotated to one side due to muscle tension/spasm).
  • Breastfeeding difficulties which may include preference to feed on one side or difficulty latching.
  • Crying, baby being unsettled, fussy or colic.
  • Help with sleeping difficulties.
  • Difficulties learning.
  • Strengthen the immune system.

When can I take my baby to see the baby osteopath?

There is no age limit of when you should or should not take your baby to see an osteopath. However, if you suspect, or are concerned, that your baby might not be developing well, the sooner you take your baby to an osteopath, the better outcome can then be predicted.

Is baby osteopathy dangerous?

Baby osteopathy is a safe and gentle treatment modality to help your baby with musculoskeletal development. However, cranial osteopathy for babies whose skull has not formed yet can be slightly irritating and, just as normal osteopathy, should only be performed by a qualified professional.

Who can deliver baby osteopathy treatments?

In the UK, only registered osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and craniosacral therapists can deliver baby osteopathy treatments. This is due to they are primary healthcare professions regulated by specific governing bodies and law. For this reason, these professionals should also have required certification to deliver baby osteopathy treatments.

How often should I take my baby to see an osteopath?

You would be advised on how often and for how long an osteopath will want to see your baby during the initial consultation. During it, an osteopath will complete a thorough examination of your baby and suggest a working hypothesis.

A final word

We hope this information is useful for you. If you need advice or have any questions about our treatments, please contact us. You can find us 3 mins away from Angel station in Islington. We are always happy to help. If you like this blog, please share!

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