Children and Teenagers
Development in the First Years
Osteopaths can assess the physical state of infants and children to determine if there are any physical reasons for any delay in reaching a developmental milestone. So, for example, stiffness in the spine and pelvis can make it difficult for a baby to learn to crawl.
If a child has any physical imbalances and tensions, then difficult behaviour might be their way of expressing their discomfort. When these issues are released then they become much happier and relaxed. Quite often their behaviour can change after a significant fall or repeated falls.
Older Children and Teenagers
Older children and teenagers invariably have poor posture for a variety of reasons. Excessive sitting in inadequate chairs at school, prolonged periods of sitting at computers, tablets or smartphones. Over time this can lead to areas of tension in the spine causing back and neck pain and tension headaches.
Teenagers’ bodies are changing rapidly with growth and hormonal changes and other challenges from school and socially. They are vulnrable to sports injuries especially where is a lot of contact. Osteopaths do understand the various demands on the immature, growing body and can help with the different problems associated with this.
Osteopaths are able to locate areas of tension in many different areas of the body. Osteopathic treatment is gentle and safe where specific, light pressure is applied. It is suitable for children and teenagers at all stages of development.