Osteopathy For Children
“Children are not things to be moulded, but people to be unfolded”
– Jess Lair
Not Just For Grown-Ups!
It’s not just adults who can benefit from osteopathy. From newborn babies to toddlers through to teens, osteopathic treatment can help with a range of musculoskeletal problems that can arise throughout our early years.
Osteopathy For Babies
Birth is a beautiful part of the cycle of life, yet it is also a physical challenge for both you and your baby. As your baby passes through the birth canal their body undergoes significant forces, which can lead to various musculoskeletal strains. This is also true for assisted deliveries (forceps/ventouse) and C-sections.
Sometimes, these musculoskeletal strains don’t resolve on their own and can impact your babies ability to move, feed and settle.Osteopathic treatment can help relieve tension and compression in the head, neck and other tissues using subtle hands-on techniques, including light massage, joint articulation and craniosacral therapy.
Although research is somewhat limited in this area, Osteopathy may also be helpful in dealing with the musculoskeletal components of other common infant concerns, such as digestive issues (colic, constipation, reflux), feeding problems (poor latch, tongue and lip ties), breathing difficulties, ear infections, restlessness/excessive crying and misshapen head (plagiocephaly).
Osteopathy For Children & Teens
Whether it’s dealing with the inevitable bumps and falls of growing up and exploring, injuries from new activities and sports, or dealing with the postural strains of heavy school bags and studying for exams, osteopathy can help kids get back to doing what they do best, being kids!
Meet Your Osteopath
Dr Michelle Davids
M.Ost, GAPS Practitioner
Dr Michelle has a special interest in treating babies and children and has undertaken post-graduate training in paediatric and cranial osteopathy.
She works alongside General Practitioners, Maternal Health Nurses, Lactation Consultants and Paediatricians. She will happily refer you to these practitioners if it is relevant for your child.