Babies and Children
Babies and Children are particularly responsive to osteopathy.
Children are exposed to many different types of strains, from the trauma of birth to various falls, accidents and sports injuries commonplace in the early years.
In young babies, we may see conditions such as reflux, poor sleep, colic, or constipation arise that could be linked to natural forces and tensions experienced during labour and caesarian sections.
In older children, the most common causes of consultations are often linked with growth spurts or sports injuries. Although growth needs to happen at its own pace, we can help prevent further discomfort by addressing and releasing compensatory patterns in the rest of the body. Sports injuries, however, are critical and it is important to address them as soon as possible to make sure the body of the child is not put under too much strain and is able to cope and grow normally following the accident.
While working with young children, the osteopath will favour very gentle techniques to help release and ease the strains found in their bodies.
Osteopathy in Pregnancy
During pregnancy, your body undergoes many dramatic changes, many of which can put extra stress on it. Common presentations of mum-to-be are back pain, pelvic pain, sciatica and shortness of breath due to the increasing pressure from baby.
Osteopathic care is safe and aims at maximising your body's ability to change and support you and your baby with minimal discomfort. The osteopath will help you cope with the increasing tensions and aim at optimising your pelvic mobility to prepare you for labour.
Osteopathy can also assist you and your baby after birth to maximise your recovery from labour. The osteopath is also able to address other discomforts you may face from caring for a newborn
Osteopathy and Sports injuries
Whether you are an elite athlete or an occasional sportsperson, osteopathy is an effective approach to treat injuries that are related to sports and exercise, including:
Rotator Cuff injuries
Tennis and Golfer's Elbow
Neck and Back strains/spasms
Hamstrings, quadriceps and calves strains
Hip flexors problems and groin strains
Patellar & Achille's tendonitis
Sports injuries are likely to reduce joint mobility, muscle flexibility and also induce compensatory mechanisms which may lead to further injuries.
The osteopath works on the entire body to establish muscle balance, a good functional range of motion in your joints and prevent compensatory patterns from occurring. This will facilitate a return to optimal function and physical activity, and minimise the risk of re-injury.
Osteopaths are registered ACC treatment providers and are able to lodge an ACC claim for your sports injuries without a GP referral.
Osteopathy and Getting Older
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners who recognise the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Keeping mobile is key to your health and independence. The process of ageing affects the musculoskeletal system and reduces the elasticity within your body which increases the risk of injuring the soft tissues and bony structures.
Through a wide range of gentle techniques and directed advice, osteopathic care can support you in keeping your body balanced, reduce joint stiffness, improve general mobility and help you lead a more fulfilling life.
Common conditions treated by Osteopathy
Osteopaths are trained to deal with a wide range of conditions that you may be suffering from on a regular basis.
We often have good results with patients visiting us for neck pain and headaches, induced by stress or otherwise.
Chronic low-grade low back pain is another common issue treated by osteopaths, especially in our more sedentary lifestyle.
Although we recommend you talk to your GP first concerning these symptoms, fatigue and low-energy can also be looked at by osteopaths, your visceral (inner organs) and nervous systems can have a role to play in this lethargic feeling and we can have an effect on both of these systems through specific techniques.