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Babies & Children

Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathy can benefit children of all ages. The practitioners at Holistic Osteopathy are highly trained in the use of non-invasive and non-manipulative techniques that are suitable for many conditions your baby or child may experience. Light pressure is applied to specific areas of the body in order to release strain or tension that may be causing pain or discomfort in your child. Treatments are extraordinarily gentle in nature and are usually very relaxing for your baby or child.

Most children are comfortable sitting or lying on the treatment table. If your baby or toddler isn’t comfortable on the table we can also treat them feeding, sitting on your lap, or playing on the floor with toys – have a chat with your practitioner to determine which option is best for your child.


Birth is a natural part of life; yet it is a process that exerts an immense amount of physical strain on the mother and baby. A very long or short labour, caesarean delivery, breech presentation, or intervention involving the use of forceps or vacuum extraction can all contribute to excess strain being placed on the baby. Depending on where these strains are held in the body, imbalances in the musculoskeletal, digestive and nervous system may occur. Our practitioners are highly experienced when it comes to treating babies and will seek out any strains or restrictions that may be comprising your babies health and happiness.

Many babies we see at our clinic present with:

  • Excessive crying and irritability
  • Difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep
  • Flat, asymmetrical or misshapen head
  • Favouring one side when turning head
  • Feeding difficulties (problems with attachment, weak sucking, favouring one side)
  • Wind, Colic, Reflux
  • Constipation or straining with bowel motions
  • Teething discomfort

Older Children

Birth trauma that is undiagnosed in babies can also present itself in toddlers and older children. As your child ages, strains left by the original trauma may impact on the physical and behavioural aspects of growth and development. Older children are also more susceptible to new strains and injuries as they navigate through life.

Conditions we see in toddlers and older children:

  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Recurrent chest infections, cold and flu symptoms
  • Asthma
  • Mouth breathing and irregular dental alignment
  • Growing pains
  • Learning difficulties
  • Behavioural problems
  • Falls and traumas (eg knocks to head, spine or bottom)
  • Sprains, strains and sporting injuries
  • Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
  • Concussion
  • Headaches
  • Knock knees and pigeon toes

Your child’s reaction to treatment

Every child is unique and so is their reaction to treatment. In most instances the baby or child is very relaxed following a treatment and will often sleep very soundly that night. In some cases parents report a sense of energy and vibrancy about their child prior to having a good nights sleep. On the odd occasion where a baby or child is demonstrating signs of being unsettled, it will usually clear within 24-48 hours.