Children

There are many reasons to bring your child to us the main one is for an ongoing or recurrent problem. We treat the child to restore health rather than have a set protocol for a certain condition.

Teething

Teething is a massive growth and development that some children cope with better than others.  Tensions and illness relating to teething can often be aided and soothed by osteopathic treatment.

Change of behaviour or sleep patterns

If your child has been sleeping well and has been happy during the day but suddenly starts waking in the night, and behaviour becomes difficult (grumpy, clingy, angry, temper tantrums etc), think carefully has there been a recent bump or fall, illness or emotional shock?  Osteopathy may be able to help.

Falls and accidents

Children do not need treating every time they fall over, but after a particularly heavy fall or repeated falls, you may notice changes in your child.  This may be that behaviour and mood becomes difficult, or sleep is disturbed or maybe he/she succumbs to illness.   If this is the case, it is worth getting him checked by the Osteopath.

Aches and pains

Children who complain of aches, pains or headaches should be taken seriously.

Recurrent illness

Infections respond very well to osteopathic treatment.  Children who go from one infection to the next do not have a chance to build a healthy immune system.  Osteopathic treatment to improve lymphatic drainage and help the child clear infections fully often helps to reduce the frequency of illnesses.  Treatment often helps to clear a persistent cough (which can be diagnosed as asthma) or glue ear.  In a child with a constant blocked nose who is mouth breathing out of habit, osteopathy can often help to improve speech, sinus development and hence dental development. The air we breathe needs to be warmed and filtered before it enters the lungs. Children with blocked noses are more likely to suffer from chest and throat infections as well as a possible tendency towards asthma symptoms.

Various small studies http://www.cranialacademy.org/researchCLINICAL.html#otitis have shown osteopaths can help with glue ear as well as recurrent chest infections or other persistent blockages.

Mouth breathing in mild asthmatics study : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=18494947

Development

If you are worried about your child’s development in any way, think osteopathy.  There may be a physical reason that your child cannot make a breakthrough into the next developmental stage (such as learning to crawl or walk), and this is often achieved after osteopathic treatment.

Likewise a young child who does not seem to be able to sit still and focus on a task for more than a few seconds may well struggle with concentration later on.  It is worth checking that there is nothing physically making the child uncomfortable when sat still that is upsetting his concentration.

Reasons can be simply from lower back pain meaning the child is unable to sit at school comfortably.  Retained primitive reflexes are more complex and can be the cause of behavioural / developmental problems. When we are born, the decision making process has not fully developed and your brainstem has several reflexes called primitive or neonatal reflexes which help you grow properly and safely.  As you mature. these reflexes are no longer needed so they take a ‘back seat’ and the higher brain takes control.  However during birth trauma, these reflexes can remain dominant meaning your nervous system will automatically react inappropriately and undesirably in certain situations. This will adversely affect your development, learning and behaviour. http://www.retainedneonatalreflexes.com.au/.

Emotional stress

Children suffer from emotional stress and tension just like adults.  If your child is showing signs of emotional stress, for whatever reason – whether it is stress of a change of circumstances, at nursery or school, stress in the home etc. Osteopathy can help to release some of the physical tension associated with the stress, so helping him/her cope with it better.

To be Still and know

William Garner Sutherland DO.