Cranial Osteopathy for babies is becoming increasingly popular for treating problems in babies
Osteopathy for babies and children is a safe and natural approach to health care for all life’s stages. Osteopaths are increasingly being asked to treat babies and children for complaints attributable to mechanical strains acquired before birth or during the birth process.
Having a new baby is incredibly exciting and satisfying but can also be the most challenging and difficult thing you have ever taken on. Nothing prepares you for the demands. When you baby cries for a lot of the time; when you can’t settle them or when they simply just don’t seem happy it can be helpful to bring your baby in to be assessed.
There is a growing body of evidence to support the effectiveness of cranial osteopathy in treating various different conditions in babies and children.
Westcott (2004) showed that cranial osteopathy was effective in the treatment of babies with breast feeding problems or sucking dysfunction. By treating and stresses around the babies head and jaw this showed a significant improvement in feeding.
Amiel-Tison and Soyez-Papiernik (2008) showed that cranial osteopathic treatment of children with cranial asymmetries (plagiocephaly) did significantly decrease the degree of asymmetry seen. Lessard et al (2011) supported this study showing improvement of cranial asymmetries, more significantly in children younger than 6 months.
Kotzampaltiris et al (2009) also showed a significant improvement of babies who suffering from excessive crying following osteopathic treatment. Excessive crying is also linked with infantile colic, which Hayden and Mullinger (2006) showed can be improved with osteopathic treatment.
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Cranial Osteopathy is commonly used in the treatment of babies, in which gentle pressure is applied on different areas of their body. Sally uses cranial osteopathy for the treatment of babies and children from her clinic in Guildford.
If you require more information or would like a chat with the Osteopath to find out if your child or baby could benefit from Osteopathy please do get in touch on 01483 789109
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