Although birth is an amazing experience, it can also be very traumatic for the baby with the use of birthing instruments, or simply the birth process itself.
The pressures applied to the newborns head and body during labour can be extensive (especially if instruments were also required during the birth). Problems experienced during infancy may be a result of these forces. At the extreme end you may see obvious physical injury such as dislocation, bruising and deformation. Most births however appear normal and the babies resilient, however most have been imprinted with these strong compressive forces. Strains can also simply be caused by baby positioned in one spot for an extended period of time, as in early head engagement in the pelvis.
How can an Osteo help my baby?
Osteopaths have highly developed sensitive skills to locate these birthing strains. We use this skill along with a detailed birth case history and examination to potentially resolve the strains, therefore relieving the discomfort & problem.
The signs/symptoms to look for are:
Symptoms of colic & reflux
Abnormal head shape/Plagiocephaly (flat spot on the skull-usually at the back from lying with head turned one way)
Birthing traumas associated with ventouse, forceps, emergency caesarian, prolonged difficult labour’s, clavicle dislocations, injuries and bruising, face and breech presentations
Difficulty with trapped wind
Difficulty with settling
Lack of use of a limb
Difficulty turning head left or right
Suckling difficulties when feeding
Wry neck (torticollis)
General post-birth 6 week check up
Treatment involves us locating imbalances in the head, neck, torso & pelvis. We also identify spinal restrictions that are associated with feeding, gut disturbance and pain (ie. head turning preference). We will treat the baby in whatever position is comfortable, lying down, being held, whilst feeding; we are very flexible with our treatments to keep the baby relaxed.
Our Osteopaths provide parents with a potential solution for a problem. Optimal conditions are integral at this age for growth & development. By nurturing this development we may help support your child’s health & well-being, and importantly, improve YOUR day-to-day life with your baby.
What age is best for treating babies?
Osteopathic treatment is suitable for babies at any age.
Osteopathy may help relax the nervous system, may ease the shock and allow normal growth to follow. Generally the earlier treatment is sought for difficult births and associated symptoms, the better the individual outcome may be.
Do I need to get a referral?
No, simply call us to make an appointment.
We can help Mum too!
Our Osteopaths readily see mums post-partum to assist with strains that have carried over from the pregnancy and birth process, as well as new strains that develop with looking after a baby, such as breastfeeding & lifting.
Boroondara Osteopathy is a child-friendly clinic. We are well prepared to help children relax & remain occupied throughout their consultation.