What is osteopathy in children?
Osteopathy is a therapy that can be applied to people of any age , of course adapting the techniques to the situation of each patient: age, frailty, illness ...
In the case of children, the techniques used are very gentle and respectful with the moment of growth, especially in the first years. In a first session the complete clinical history is made gathering information about the pregnancy, delivery and evolution of the baby / child since then. Afterwards the exploration of the child is complete, so the Osteopath has an idea of the global functioning and not only of the symptomatic zone. After arriving at a diagnosis, the therapist begins the treatment with an appropriate approach to the problem.
Can a baby with osteopathy be treated? How is the treatment performed?
The baby can be treated from birth. The treatment is always manual with very gentle techniques in which the Osteopath will place his hands in different parts of the body of the baby relaxing structures / tissues that he has observed in his previous exploration they needed it. With this we try to obtain a better functioning of their systems. In the smallest, normally the digestive system , everything related to ingestion, suction, swallowing, reflux and evacuation.
What are the main indications of children's osteopathic treatment?
As I commented, in the smallest, the main reason for consultation are problems in the digestive system, followed by sleep problems, irritability.. The best thing is to see them as soon as possible to be able to help if there are problems of suction, reflux that hinders the intake, colic, constipation ... in order to regularize the acquisition of sleep routines, intake and evacuations. Another very common presentation is the asymmetries or postural preferences, when the baby has a tendency to move to one side, which means that he does not "discover" and explore both sides of his body equally and sometimes, due to the support Asymmetric, the head is deformed, what is called plagiocephaly. As the child gets older we can address the difficulties of psychomotor development as well as bad positions of feet and legs at the beginning of sitting and walking, until the preadolescent age where we pay much attention to the back and its correct alignment with growth. Actually the Osteopath tries to accompany and optimize the different phases of development with its problems and possible difficulties.
Can a treatment have adverse reactions?
The treatments are shorter than with an adult and the milder techniques, so there are usually no adverse reactions. But any change due to the treatment requires an effort to be made, so the baby / child can feel more tired and sleep more, or explore the novelty of that new feeling that feels moving more and being more restless. All this very briefly.