Osteopathy and children

I have moved back to Australia after 20 years abroad and have not returned empty handed, along the way I collected a wife, three children, a degree in osteopathy and some 15 years of treating experience.

The part of osteopathic practice where I see the most satisfying results is in the treatment of children. My children are 7, 5 & 2 and they are a joy to see. Ask their mother and there are a few rough edges, but when I look through my osteopathic eyes I look at other things, areas I know will have an influence of their future biomechanical and physiological health: movement. Not just how they reach for a ball when playing, but how they are able to take a deep breath, use their eyes, swallow, how they twist, turn and, in the case of my kids: how they land!

In Europe Osteopathy is a very popular, non-evasive, safe, effective method of treating children from birth with gentle fascial and cranial techniques. Newborns have already been subject to forces on their body while they develop in the womb, accentuated while passing through the birth canal: their first trauma. Exacerbated if forceps or the suction cup is used, as in my first born, a big boy!

The things that a pediatric osteopath treats, for the majority of cases, are not life threatening, but they could be life ‘troubling’, and the early years is when the investment can be made so that your saplings will grow straight.

If you think your child could benefit from an Osteopathic treatment or would simply like some more information on the way I treat, please don’t hesitate to call our Elwood clinic on (03) 9531 0909 and I would be more than happy to talk you through it.


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