As described by the General Osteopathic Council, osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
This is the specialism of using gentle osteopathic techniques specifically for treating babies, children, teens and perinatal mums. Our paediatric osteopaths look beyond conditions and take a holistic approach to a patient, using manual techniques to restore, maintain and support health and wellbeing. We don’t use any single osteopathic technique in our clinics – we draw on the relevant approaches that are gentle enough for babies and children, providing treatment that’s as individual as the patient. In young patients, the methods used are nearly always very gentle, but nonetheless powerful, requiring specialist skill and knowledge.
It takes a minimum of six years to become a paediatric osteopath, first achieving a four-year full-time (five years if part-time) bachelor’s degree in osteopathy (including a minimum of 1,000 clinic hours), before progressing to a post-graduate qualification in paediatric osteopathy.
All our osteopaths are fully qualified and registered, and have either already achieved, or are working towards their post-graduate qualification in paediatric osteopathy (either our one-year Award in Paediatric Osteopathy, which includes a minimum of 45 supervised, hands-on clinic-days or the two-year post-graduate Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy, which includes a minimum of 90 supervised, hands-on clinic-days).
This latter qualification enables osteopaths to develop their specialist skills and deepen their knowledge in the anatomy, clinical presentations, examination, diagnosis and clinical management of babies, children, teens, pregnant and post-natal women.