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 and support families. 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 make a donation, and will never turn away a family that cannot afford to donate.
Osteopaths are qualified to treat people of all ages, including babies. They utilise a range of techniques including physical manipulation, stretching and massage, and other gentle techniques such as cranial. Cranial techniques are safe, gentle, and non-manipulative. They are often used when treating young children and newborn infants. 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.
Osteopathy is a gentle treatment suitable for children and we see many young children at the OCC. 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.
Our clinics are also for teens, and we may see teens with sports injuries, pain caused by poor posture, seeking help with the physical and mental challenges of being a teen, and the inability to relax caused by the stress of exams or the pressures of social media, etc. 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.