With Pippa Middleton shining a light on Cranial Osteopathy in 2019, here are the reasons a parent may seek Osteopathy for their little one and the benefits of having cranial treatment.
Cranial Osteopathy can be used in the treatment of all ages, but particularly useful in babies and younger children where more structural based approaches are not suitable. Your Osteopath will use their palpation (trained sense of touch) to feel subtle changes in tension throughout the body, present in the varying layers of muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments and fascia. During the diagnostic part of treatment your Osteopath will be drawn to areas of trauma or past injury, for baby’s child birth can be highly traumatic that is often overlooked.
Early Years and Trauma
Birth trauma is typically any visible physical injury to a baby during delivery, however in complicated births where the child becomes distressed, sustains compression or traction forces during the delivery and any other adverse birthing experiences it can directly affect the unsettledness of your baby in early years of life.
When we reach developmental milestones like learning to crawl, stand and walk, even before we can run we often fall. Determined to preserve and overcome our struggles we get up and try again, but not all these knocks go unnoticed. And more significant trips and falls can have a lasting sensitivity on the impact location.
Is Osteopathy safe?
Yes. Osteopathic treatment is safe for babies and children.
Cranial osteopathy uses subtle, gentle techniques to restore balance and reduce pain and discomfort experienced by your little one. Generally there are no adverse reactions to cranial treatment.
During some treatments babies and children may have an awareness that some areas of the body have an increased sensitivity, which can cause some unsettledness however this reduces and often resolves completely during the course of treatment.