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The principles of osteopathy are equally applicable to animals, whether domestic pets or high performance competition horses.

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Expectant Mothers & Babies

New born baby holding parent's thumb

Osteopathy and Babies

If you have been treated by an osteopath yourself, you may wonder how all those manipulations could possibly be useful (or even safe!) to use on a baby. But osteopathy is not just about clicking backs! A much gentler form of osteopathy, known as cranio-sacral technique, is used on children of all ages (including newborns) to undo stresses and strains which might prevent the body functioning successfully.

Childbirth is, of course, a natural process and ideally there will have been no need for surgical intervention. But even the most straightforward labour will have imposed extraordinary stresses on the baby.

After 9 months of development in the womb, floating in the amniotic fluid, your baby is suddenly subject to huge compressive forces from the contractions of the uterus pushing it through the birth canal. To accommodate this compression the soft bones of the skull may overlap, twist and bend, sometimes leading to a rather misshapen head. This distortion normally starts to remould during the first few days after birth, but if the remoulding process is slow or incomplete the baby can experience problems which are not always in the head region.

Your Own Body

During pregnancy a woman's body has to adapt in a variety of ways to accommodate the growing foetus. As the baby gets bigger, and as the body starts to prepare for birth by softening the strong pelvic ligaments, women can experience an assortment of problems and pains that can be helped by osteopathic treatment.

The pains most people associate with pregnancy are, of course, low back pain and pain shooting down the leg (sciatica), which can usually be treated successfully with osteopathy. Other problems that may occur include: pain as the extra weight at the front of the body pulls the upper back forwards; aggravation of pre-existing conditions as hormonal and weight changes upset the body's balance; pain in the legs, from the pressure of the baby above and difficulty getting the blood back up to the body.

Osteopathy may help all of these problems and help to maintain overall good posture during pregnancy.

Other problems in pregnancy

  • Nausea
  • Varicose Veins
  • Breathing difficulties

By relieving structural stresses, osteopathy can help you avoid some of the unpleasantness often associated with pregnancy.

After the Birth

  • Remain active, but don't try to do too much, too soon!
  • Use correct lifting techniques - your back is vulnerable.
  • Don't leave treatment too late - caring for your baby is a stressful affair and your body can use all the help it can get to deal with physical and emotional problems.

Dads Suffer Too!

Dads may not have hormones softening up their ligaments, but they are (we hope!) suddenly involved in a host of new activities - not just lifting and carrying the baby, but perhaps even finding out how the vacuum cleaner works! Don't be surprised if Dad's body also complains a little. Again, osteopathy can help.

Self-Help Advice
  • Try to remain active - movement is highly beneficial to the tiny joints in the spine
  • Avoid slouching - allowing your back to hollow out will aggravate any problems in the spine
  • Sit upright in your chair
  • Slouching may irritate your own spine, or encourage your baby to turn into the wrong position

Free Consultation

If you are considering osteopathy treatment for your baby or have any questions, please contact us today. If you're not sure whether cranial osteopathy can help book for a FREE 20 minute consultation to discuss the problems

Our clinic is located in Higham Ferrers, close to Rushden, Northamptonshire.  We are also within easy reach of Bedford, Northampton, Wellingborough and Kettering.