The OCC osteopaths are specialists in treating all children from newborn babies to young children to teens up to 18 years (and beyond if appropriate). We see children presenting with many common childhood conditions, as well as support families with children with disabilities and learning difficulties. We also treat pregnant and post-natal women. Whoever we’re treating, we always do so holistically to help restore, maintain and support health and wellbeing.
We deliver treatment regardless of ability to pay, and will never turn away a family away.
Muscular tensions can impact on babies in many different ways, such as discomfort in the feeding position, favouring turning their head one way when sleeping, and difficulties with digestion. Very gentle osteopathic techniques can help to release and balance areas of physical tension, helping to soothe and relax as well as promoting freer movement where the muscles have been tight.
We see many young children presenting with a wide range of common childhood conditions such as digestion issues, aches and pains and circulatory problems, as well as more complex conditions. Depending on the issue, we may suggest exercises to practice at home in addition to returning for follow-up treatments. We’ll always refer you to your GP if we feel that’s a more appropriate course of action.
In addition to the usual childhood conditions, we may see teens with sports injuries, pain caused by poor posture, the impact of rapid physical and emotional development, and the inability to relax caused by the stress of exams or the pressures of social media. Some of our teens have been coming to the clinic since they were younger children, while others may be completely new to osteopathy. We give our teens the time they need to discuss their issues and listen with sensitivity and calm, before moving onto treatment.
When you’re pregnant, your body is going through significant rapid changes, and your centre of gravity will shift as your bump gets bigger. Another big change is the production of the hormone, relaxin, designed to increase blood flow and relax the ligaments in the pelvic region.
The physical exertion on our bodies during birth, including the rapid widening of the birth canal, and immediate shift in the centre of gravity post-birth, can also put a lot of strain on the body.
These notable physical changes can impact on our muscles and ligaments, and how we feel in ourselves. The gentle, non-invasive techniques used by our osteopaths can really help to relieve some of those tensions and stresses on mum’s body, and therefore promoting an improved sense of wellbeing.