Osteopathy is suitable for people of all ages. We see patient’s from around a few days old to over 100 years old. Within this wide age group, there are specific needs that arise. One of the most frequent specialist groups we see are women during pregnancy. Perhaps due to this experience we are delighted to see many babies whose mother’s we have treated since before they were born. Seeing those babies in our specialist paediatric clinics is a wonderful experience and also lots of fun!
What happens at your consultation?
A detailed case history will be taken during the first part of your consultation. During this we will work to understand any issues that you and/or baby are experiencing. We will carefully explain our findings and then run through the treatment we can provide. Assuming you are happy we will then proceed with treatment.
For some conditions a single treatment is all that is required, while others may require more. This and the prognosis will be discussed and recorded in your three-stage treatment and management plan.
Is treatment of babies and children safe?
Osteopathy is a gentle, safe and effective treatment. Extreme care is taken with any treatment provided. Your baby is in safe hands.
We are often asked lots of questions by expectant Mum’s about treatment of themselves and of their babies. We have listed the most common ones below which we hope is of help to you.
Do you treat pain during pregnancy?
Pregnancy can cause general aches and pains including joint and back pain. Osteopathy could help diagnose the cause of the back pain using specialist knowledge. Techniques used to treat back pain during pregnancy are aimed at making you feel comfortable during treatment. Treatment is therefore commonly given with you lying on your side.
Can you treat babies and children?
We have practitioners who have received specific training in cranial osteopathy – the types of techniques typically used in the treatment of babies and children. The specialist practitioners we have are passionate about their work with babies and children, and are extremely gentle.
Do you use cranial osteopathy?
Cranial osteopathy is one of a variety of techniques which our practitioners are qualified in. Two of our practitioners trained at the European School of Osteopathy – the only training college in the UK, which teaches cranial osteopathy as part of the core syllabus. These practitioners are also engaged in professional development to continually build experience in cranial techniques.
‘Cranial’ techniques are therefore often used as part of the routine practice in the treatment of mothers, babies and children. We can also discuss the use of cranial osteopathic techniques during your consultation.
Can you help with advice on specialist feeding techniques and lactation
Breastfeeding is an exceptionally sensitive subject. It can be frustrating and painful. Although our osteopaths are not allowed to give standalone advice, we can sometimes work alongside lactation consultants to give postural advice related to breastfeeding. We are happy to signpost mothers toward lactation consultants.
We absolutely support those who bottle feed and are happy to signpost to other healthcare practitioner’s and give appropriate advice.
Do you see children who have disabilities and learning difficulties?
We are lucky to see a vast array of patient’s and welcome all. Our osteopaths work with patients who have specific needs, including premature babies and work alongside other paediatric clinics.
Advertising and claims in the treatment of pregnant women, babies and children
We are often asked whether or not we treat a variety of conditions in pregnant women, babies and children. The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) and Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) are very clear on what osteopaths may claim to treat. As part of our dedication to always offering clear and transparent advice, we detail the ASA’s and CAP’s very specific guidance here. This guidance is followed not only on our website and social media, but also embraced in our clinics.
Gestation can be very uncomfortable owing to a number of conditions arising during this time. Some of the conditions which we are asked about include:
- Symphysis pubis dysfunction
- Pelvic girdle pain
There is no clinical evidence to suggest osteopathic treatment will help these conditions.
Mothers who have recently had a baby are frequently tired and exhausted. If the baby is suffering from colic, crying excessively or not sleeping this is likely to make for a challenging time. We are often asked if we treat these conditions, namely:
- Birth trauma
- Growing pains
- Excessive crying in babies
- Glue ear
As much as we would wish to be able to help these conditions as osteopaths, there are currently no studies in support of these claims.