Osteopathy is a gentle way of treating many issues in children.
Asymmetries associated with growing can lead to biomechanical disturbances later in life if being left untreated. In the words of William G. Sutherland: “as the twig is bent, so the tree inclines”. Sutherland, the founder of cranial osteopathy argues that if a baby starts life with a distortion in the cranium from birth, then that pattern of distortion is reflected throughout the whole body. As the child grows the distortion remains and may even become exaggerated. Every structure in the body will be involved and the function can be compromised as a result or as Sutherland put it: “As the twig is bent, so the tree inclines”.
Children are not just miniature adults. Their bodies are quite different to an adult body and Osteopathy recognizes this and works with it. For example many children suffer from repeated middle ear infections which suddenly stop when the child has grown into a teenager.
The reason is an anatomical change in the orientation of the connection between the middle ear and the throat (Eustachian tube). In children this connection runs almost horizontally, hence has a tendency to become congested and infected. In adults the growth of the face results in a change of orientation from more horizontal to more vertical therefore making drainage of the connection much easier. Osteopathic treatment can support drainage and reduce the number or intensity of middle ear infections.
Common problems in children that can benefit from osteopathic treatment:
- Ear and Sinus Infections
- Trauma from falls and car accidents
- Posture issues (school/study)
- Sports injuries
- Growing Pains