5 things to know about infant cranial osteopathy

Get details about this alternative form of treatment and what you can expect during a routine visit...

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Colic, feeding difficulties, ear infections, runny nose, even asthma — the list of infant health conditions that can be treated with cranial osteopathy is endless. But what exactly is osteopathy?

Generally, it refers to the treatment of bodily disorders by massaging the skeleton or muscle groups.

Osteopath Virginia Tang of Osteopathic Health Care, explains that she is trained to view the human body as a unit rather than just treating an individual issue on its own. Unlike physiotherapy, osteopathy can treat ailments that aren’t confined to just muscle aches and pains such as a runny nose.

You can even bring your child to an osteopath for a general consultation to benefit their overall well-being and not only because they have a health issue.

Cranial osteopathy — a specialised form of osteopathy — focuses on massaging specific spots on your child’s skull to treat a variety of conditions.

“An example is if a baby comes in with reflux, the osteopath will not just only assess the gastrointestinal tract but they will also look [for] possible compressions in the cranium (or skull) that may cause irritation to nerves that [correspond to] the stomach.”

In fact, you can even bring your child to an osteopath for a general consultation to benefit their overall well-being and not only because they have a health issue.. Tang says parents tell her that osteopathy has helped their offspring:

* Feel more comfortable and sleep better.

* Lessen crying, reflux and colic.

* Settle down easier for naps.

Here are facts about cranial osteopathy if you’re considering this alternative therapy:

1) You’ll be asked about your pregnancy experiences Don’t be surprised if your osteopath asks questions about your pregnancy instead of just questions related to your child’s condition. Tang shares your osteopath may ask detailed questions about:

* Your health during your pregnancy.

* The length of labour and birth.

* If any form of assistance was required during the birth such as the use of forceps or vacuum.

* The baby’s general health condition after birth such as their breathing, heartrate and weight.