Osteopaths offer treatment for babies, children and teenagers for a variety of conditions. There are a range of problems that may interfere with the normal development of a child. Trauma during pregnancy and birth, childhood accidents and falls, or simply the rapid changes of the body’s growth can create or contribute to problems associated with bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Other issues faced by children include postural problems, inflammatory conditions and sporting injuries.
An osteopath will work with you and your child to plan the best way forward. Your osteopath will initially prepare a comprehensive case history of your child’s complaint. They will then complete a physical examination to arrive at a provisional diagnosis and then determine which type of osteopathic treatment is suitable and if a referral to other health care practitioners is required. The osteopath will also offer advice on nutrition, general health, posture and exercise.
Osteopathic care is safe, gentle and effective without the use of drugs or surgery. It may assist the young body to adapt to growth-related changes, which may prevent other health problems.
Conditions that osteopaths treat in children and teenagers include:
- Back pain and headaches
- Growing pains in muscles, bones and joints
- Postural problems including curvature of the spine
- Walking difficulties or foot pain
- Sporting injuries