Osteopathy for Mums and Babies

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a method of clinical diagnosis and treatment concerned with the relationship between the structure of the body and the way it functions.

It is an appropriate form of therapy for many problems affecting both muscles, joints and body mechanics as well as the nerves and the complex systems of our bodies.

Its strength lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied suit the needs of the individual patient.

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions in the body, including the head. It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age.

Osteopathy in Pregnancy

Enormous physical, hormonal and emotional changes take place during a womanís pregnancy. The body has to adapt to carrying up to 20lb of baby, waters and placenta, which can impose physical strain on all the organs and tissues of the body.

Osteopathic treatment during and after pregnancy can be beneficial in a number of ways:

  • Easing some of the physical discomforts that occur, including general aches and pains, heartburn and fluid retention.
  • Preparing for the demands of labour.
  • Improving low back and pelvic function.
  • Helping the mother to recover after birth.

Osteopathy for Babies

Birth is one of the most stressful events of our lives. The babyís head has the remarkable ability to absorb these stresses in a normal delivery. In order to reduce the size of the head, the soft bones overlap as the baby descends.

Many babies are born with off shaped heads a result. In the first few days, the head can be seen to gradually lose the extreme moulded shape, as the baby suckles, cries and yawns. However this un-moulding process is often incomplete especially if the birth has been difficult. As a result, the baby may have to live with some very uncomfortable stressed within itís head and body.

Osteopathy, including the cranial approach is a gentle, safe and effecting form of treatment for babies and children. Very specific, skilled, light pressure is applied where necessary to assist the natural ability of the body to release stresses and tensions.

What can Osteopaths treat?

  • Pregnancy induced back pain
  • Postural problems associated with pregnancy
  • Fluid retention due to pregnancy
  • Newborn irritability and restlessness
  • Crying and unsettled babies
  • Trauma after difficult delivery i.e. forceps, ventouse
  • Sleeplessness in babies
  • Colic, sickness and wind
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus and adenoidal problems
  • Newborn constipation and irregular bowel movements.