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Osteopathy and Children

The calm and soothing approach of Osteopathy makes it especially suitable for treating children, including new-born infants.

Children may develop a variety of structural problems from a variety of causes, including:

  • difficulties during pregnancy or childbirth

  • childhood accidents and falls

  • infections or inflammatory conditions

  • genetic disorders

Osteopathic principles, care and treatment can assist in a wide variety of conditions, either solely or alongside other disciplines.

Structural problems

Structural problems, such as those affecting the proper mobility and function of the body’s framework, can lead to a range of problems.

The Osteopath


These may include:

  • Postural – such as scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine)

  • Respiratory – such as asthma

  • Manifestations of brain injury – such as cerebral palsy and spasticity

  • Developmental – with delayed physical or intellectual progress, possibly triggering learning or behavior difficulties

  • Infections – such as ear and throat infections or urinary disturbances.

Osteopathy can assist in the prevention of health problems and help children make a smooth transition into normal, healthy adult life.

Whole person                                                                                              


Osteopaths care for the child as a whole person. This holistic approach encompasses all functions and influences, including the body, emotions, mind and spirit.


Before any treatment is begun, the Osteopath prepares a comprehensive case history and completes an examination of the child, including medical tests. This would determine if osteopathic treatment is appropriate or if there is a need for referral.

​Using sensitive palpatory skills, the Osteopath can gently identify where the child’s structure has been disturbed.

Most importantly, Osteopaths realize that within every child there are inherent self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms.

Osteopaths assist, accelerate and enhance the natural healing process.

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