Pregnancy and Babies
Not all babies cope well with the powerful process of birth as they pass down the birth canal. For example mechanical stresses affecting nerve supply from the neck and head can affect the tongue causing feeding problems, or to the gastric nerves causing colic. Tension in the skull can keep the baby in an alert state so the baby has difficulty sleeping and is unsettled a lot.
Cranial Osteopathy is a very gentle, safe and effective form of osteopathy and is offered to babies to help them overcome these difficulties. Often the baby is relaxed after the treatment and sleeps well. Others become more energetic for a while but sleep well that night, whilst others may take a few days to settle after a treatment. A baby is never too young to be treated and cranial osteopathy is also effective when dealing with toddlers who may have ear infections, sinus and dental problems, asthma and headaches. Often the best results are achieved before the age of five.
Osteopathic treatment offers a wonderfully gentle way of helping the body adapt to the changes which are taking place during pregnancy, helping to relieve aches and pains as the mother’s body tries to accommodate the growing baby.
Osteopathic treatment can help relieve lower back pain, hip and pelvic pain, neck and shoulder pain, heartburn, indigestion, Meralgia paresthetica, SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction), post-natal coccyx (base of the spine) pain, mid back pain due to breast feeding – to name just a few. Osteopaths may also advise on posture and show some self-help techniques for the mother and her partner to do during labour. The mother is usually advised to return from between 4 to 6 weeks after birth for a post-natal check-up to restore pelvic, bladder and joint function.
Safe in our hands:
All osteopaths must have demonstrated to their registering body – the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) – that they are a safe and competent practitioner. Osteopaths have to train for a minimum of four years. They also have to carry out continuing professional development to stay registered. All of our Osteopaths at the Sanderstead Clinic are registered with GOsC so you are in safe hands.
To find out more about osteopathy please feel free to call the clinic and we can answer any questions you may have. You can also visit www.osteopathy.org for more information