Friday, 19 April 2013

O is for ...........Osteopaths

                         

                           How an Osteopath can help with some of your baby's ailments

I was in the gym the other day, when I found a leaflet about Osteopaths and Babies and toddlers. I had never really heard of Osteopaths before and was intrigued to find out more about them, and how they can help your baby's well being.

During the birth of your baby, they have to twist and squeeze in order to make their way their way through the mothers pelvis. This can lead to a lot of pressure and stress, especially applied to the baby's head. This may cause some difficulties with the baby both when it is small and as it grows. These can be issues like difficulty falling asleep, showing signs of tummy ache or being irritable for long periods.

Osteopathy looks at the interrelationship between all of the systems within the body, and that the balanced relationship of the baby's bones,nerves, muscles and organs is an essential part of their overall health. They have a detailed knowledge of anatomy, with a highly developed sense of touch, known as Palpation, which is used to detect and release tensions throughout the body.

A fantastic report on how this works was written in the Daily Mail in 2011, read it here

I have not used an Osteopath before, but from what I have read about them, they can be very beneficial in helping your child to feel less discomfort, in a calming and reassuring way. They appear to be especially helpful with the relief of colic. You can read more about this interesting subject with the following links:

http://www.osteopathy4health.co.uk/heading-off-colic.php

http://www.thinkbaby.co.uk/newborn-health-and-safety/cranial-osteopathy-and-babies/728.html

http://www.cranialosteopath.com/faq.html

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