Osteopathic treatment for babies, also known as paediatric osteopathy or osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) for infants, is a gentle and holistic approach that aims to support the health and well-being of newborns and young children. Osteopathic treatment focuses on assessing and addressing any imbalances in the body’s structure, function, and movement. Here are some key points about osteopathic treatment for babies:
Osteopathic treatment for babies involves using gentle and non-invasive techniques to assess and address any areas of tension, restriction, or misalignment in the baby’s body. The goal is to support the body’s natural ability to heal and self-regulate.
Birth Trauma and Stress
The birthing process can sometimes result in strains or stresses on a baby’s body, especially if the delivery was difficult or involved interventions such as forceps or vacuum extraction. Osteopathic treatment can help release any tension or restrictions that may have developed during birth.
Colic and Digestive Issues
Osteopathic techniques can be used to address digestive issues, colic, and discomfort in infants. By gently manipulating the baby’s body, the osteopath may help improve the function of the digestive system and alleviate discomfort.
Osteopathic treatment can sometimes help babies who have difficulty sleeping. By addressing any underlying physical discomfort or tension, the treatment may contribute to better sleep patterns.
Reflux and Latching Difficulties
Osteopaths may work with infants who are experiencing challenges with breastfeeding due to latching difficulties or reflux. Gentle adjustments can help improve the baby’s ability to latch and feed comfortably.
One of the techniques commonly used in paediatric osteopathy is cranial osteopathy. This involves very gentle manipulation of the baby’s skull and other structures to encourage optimal alignment and function. Cranial osteopathy is believed to affect the craniosacral system, which includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Osteopathic treatment for babies takes a holistic approach, considering the interrelationship between various body systems. Osteopaths may also provide guidance to parents on aspects such as nutrition, posture, and developmental milestones.
Osteopathic treatment for babies is individualized, with the osteopath assessing the baby’s unique needs and tailoring the treatment accordingly. Osteopaths often take into account the baby’s medical history, birth experience, and any concerns raised by the parents.
At Dubai Physiotherapy and Family Medicine Clinic, we have an experienced Osteopath, who specialises in the treatment of babies and children.