What Do Osteopaths Treat?

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Back Pain
  • Hip, knee and ankle problems
  • Infertility
  • Migraine
  • Occupational Overuse Syndrome
  • Rehabilitation after injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Sporting injuries
  • Stress
  • TMJ (jaw) problems
  • Whiplash Injury

Infants and Children

  • Behavioural problems
  • Colic
  • Continuous crying
  • Co-ordination and balance problems
  • Developmental delay
  • Ear infections and glue ear
  • Favouring head to one side
  • Feeding problems
  • Growing pains
  • Headaches
  • Misshapen head
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Speech problems
  • Sticky eyes
  • Teething pain

Birth
An infant’s skull is designed to provide maximum accommodation to the compressive forces of labour and minimum trauma to the developing brain. The bones at the top of the head are soft and pliable to enable them to overlap to allow the passage of the head through the birth canal. A certain amount of moulding occurs and resolves after delivery assisted by crying, suckling and yawning.

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However, the flexibility which allows moulding to occur also allows the bones to become strained and the bones do not return to their normal positions after delivery. This can happen if labour is unusually long or short, if the baby presents in an abnormal position, if the baby is large or has a large head, or if intervention is necessary for example a forceps or ventouse extraction.