Paediatric Osteopaths Putney
Osteopathy is a holistic and intuitive manual therapy that can help newborns and mothers.
Following birth, an osteopathic check up for the baby can help identify any dysfunction resulting from this traumatic transition from life inside to the outside world. All babies need time to make the necessary adjustments to their physiological systems: breathing, digestion and musculoskeletal. If not addressed, these functional tensions could lead to common problems, such as:
- Difficulty feeding
- Disturbed sleeping pattern
- Difficulty passing wind
- Plagiocephaly (flattening of the head)
- Congenital torticolis
Furthermore, as the child grows and starts crawling and walking, Osteopathy can assist with balanced alignment as the body’s structure changes and address musculoskeletal stresses that could restrict the motor development.
It is essential for new mums, who have just endured much emotional and physical effort over several months, to take time to refocus on their own body. During pregnancy and throughout the period of breastfeeding, ligaments in the body are loose and muscles have to work extra hard to maintain the posture and pelvis position. This lack of stability associated with the duration over which these changes happen can lead to:
- Neck and back pain
- Postural change
- Poor abdominal control
- Pelvic floor problems (incontinence, pain)
- Joint swelling (wrist, ankle, carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Strain from breastfeeding (blocked ducts, mastitis)
- Scar tissue related pain (C-section scar)
Osteopathy can help alleviate anyone suffering with any of the issues mentioned above. Mothers often wait 3 – 4 months and endure pain and sleepless nights before consulting with an osteopath.