One reason we frequently see babies is for latching issues. There are many reasons a baby could experience a latch issue; they may have a tongue tie, they may have cranial moulding from the birthing process or be too compressed (squished) in different ways from either a fast or slow delivery. Sometimes more serious situations arise that lead to birth injuries which can affect the shape or function of the face at birth and lead to feeding issues as well.
Osteopathic treatment uses very gentle techniques to rebalance any stresses and strains in order to facilitate a successful latch. Treating babies and supporting moms in this most exciting but often stressful time of life is one of our favourite roles as osteopathic practitioners and also is very rewarding.
Babies respond to treatment quickly and require very little intervention. It is ideal to bring a baby in to be assessed and/or treated as close as possible to birth but issues can be addressed at any time.
Another series of issues that we see a lot of babies for are digestive and reflux issues. We are often able to find mechanical patterns that can explain the discomfort the baby is in. By working with these patterns we are able to facilitate better structural integration to allow the baby's physiology to take over and thrive.
Often times when we treat a mom throughout pregnancy we will see the baby shortly after birth for a check up and treat both mom and baby. In the UK we were trained to be able to deliver this kind of front line care and we are always happy to be of any kind of support we can be to new families.
These are just a few of the examples of what we see in babies. We also regularly treat babies with confirmed pathologies and/or special needs. Have a look at the OCC website: http://occ.uk.com/
It's a nice reference for what we do in the UK, where osteopathy is established, regulated and a common addendum to healthcare for babies and children.
As with anything, it is important to do your research and make sure you are going to a qualified osteopathic manual practitioner. Some osteopaths only treat adults so make sure you ask first!
Andrea Lugowski Aeberhardt B.A., BSc. (Hons.) Ost., D.O. (UK), Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is an osteopathic practitioner who has a special interest in treating paediatric and obstetric patients as well as chronic conditions in adults and children, including environmental medicine cases and rare clinical presentations.
Marc Aeberhardt BSc. (Hons.) Ost., D.O. (UK), Osteopathic Manual Practitioner started his initial medical and osteopathic education and training in France at the Ecole de Medecine de Dijon and Centre International D’Osteopathie.