PEDIATRIC WORK

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Pediatric Osteopathy (Osteopathy for Babies) 
It is a common belief that children and babies should have no structural stresses and strains in their body, due to their young age, flexibility and the obvious fact that they are much less likely to incur the injuries and strains of an adult. The reality, however, is very different. The whole birth process is one of the most stressful experiences. The baby is subjected to enormous forces as the uterus contracts to expel the baby against the natural resistance of the birth canal. The baby’s head has the ability to adapt and change shape to the forces exerted against it in response to labour. The soft bones of the skull overlap and mould as the contractile forces of the uterus squeeze the baby down, and out of, the birth canal. The distortions in the head as a result of labour, are usually released naturally with feeding and crying. However, in some cases, the distortions remain and may possibly affect growth and development.

There are many reasons behind the classification of a difficult, and stressful birth, for both mother and baby. As a result, the baby may be unable to fully resolve the effects of birth. Such difficulties may present as abnormal fetal positioning during pregnancy,(breech or posterior), long, lengthy labors, very quick labors, ventouse or forceps deliveries, breech and face presentations, premature deliveries, cord-around-the-neck and Caesarian deliveries. If these patterns remain unresolved, the baby has to adapt and accommodate these stresses and strains as they grow. This may result in the baby being physically uncomfortable and unhappy, or to develop in an asymmetrical way throughout the whole of the body.

These babies may present with crying and irritability, feeding difficulties or difficulty latching, colic, spitting up and regurgitation, thumb sucking, sleep disturbances, head scratching and banging, abnormal head shape (Plagiocephaly), and difficulty with teething. Unresolved birth stresses, and the body’s compensations to them, are at the root cause of many different problems in both childhood, and well into adulthood. These stresses can usually be treated very quickly after birth, but become progressively more difficult to eliminate the longer they are present.

Osteopathy for Children 
As children grow, they generally grow out of most of the crying, fussiness, difficulty sleeping and feeding etc., that they may have experienced as young babies. However, if the retained strain patterns and moulding are not treated, they may being to suffer from secondary effects as they continue to grow and develop. This may make it difficult to sit still and focus, and may result in poor concentration affecting behavior and learning.

Osteopathy may be helpful with those children suffering from: 
Ear infections (Otitis Media)
Learning difficulties
Delayed growth
Scoliosis
ADHA (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Autism
Behavioral problems and hyperactivity
Clumsiness
Growing pains
Learning difficulties
Sinus problems and mouth breathers
Asthma
Chest infections
Post-concussion syndrome
Headaches and Migraines

Many people are surprised to learn that Osteopathy can be used to treat infections of all kinds. The majority of children present with ear infections (otitis media), and chest infections. When strain patterns are released and rebalanced throughout the cranium and body, the lymphatic system is able to respond more efficiently and its system of tiny channels that return excess fluid from the periphery of the body back to the venous system, is free to work. It is within this system that lies much of the immune response. When there is efficiency and freedom of the lymphatics, healthy blood and nerve flow to, and from an area, is established, and thus the healing process can begin.

Regular Osteopathic treatment can help realign the body after falls and sporting injuries and resolving these strain patterns in a child can further prevent problems developing later on, or even into adulthood. Children do not need treatment for every minor bump and bruise, but occasionally a child has a particularly serious fall whereby they are stunned or shocked. With falls such as these, parents may notice a change in the child's behavior, a change in sleep patterns, or the child may succumb to an infective illness. It is recommended to to have the child checked over after such events, to help them fully release the effects of the incident which has not resolved itself.

Osteopathy works with the body’s innate capacity to heal itself and establish overall health and wellbeing. In children this response is very strong and often results in a quick recovery with Osteopathic treatment.

COLLINGWOOD OSTEOPATHY

Where Healing Happens

COLLEGE OF MASSAGE THERAPISTS

ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL PRACTITIONERS

CANADIAN COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHY