Osteopathy is a primary healthcare system, complementary to other medical practices based on biomedical sciences. It takes a holistic approach to the body and internal systems. An important principle of osteopathy is the stimulation of the body's natural self-healing mechanisms. Osteopaths treat the whole person and consider all aspects of the patient's life, enabling them to maintain optimum health.
On your first consultation, your osteopath will compile a detailed case history, followed by a thorough examination. The main tool used for diagnosis and osteopathic treatment is touch. Analysis of your body's movements is also an important aspect.
Osteopathic treatment helps not only to relieve your symptoms, but also to eliminate the cause of your problem.
Osteopathy for Babies and Children
Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle technique aiming to help with tensions, stresses and strains that may affect your baby during pregnancy or specifically as a result of the birthing process.
Some babies when born may have an altered shape to their head either from intra-uterine strain, forceps or ventouse deliveries. They may also suffer a tense neck and shoulders. It is thought that these factors may contribute to issues such as difficulty winding, digestive discomfort, sleeping disturbance, irritability, poor sleeping and inability to relax. There may also be visible flattening head on one side of an infant’s head.
These stresses are normally resolved during the first few days after birth as the baby begins to cry, suck and yawn. However if your baby is struggling with some of the symptoms listed above, it may be that an assessment with our highly trained paediatric osteopath will be of help.
Osteopathy in Pregnancy
Osteopathy is a safe and effective treatment during pregnancy. At a time when your body has to adapt and change over a relatively short period of time, you are more prone to back and pelvic pains, rib pain, heartburn, and tension in the upper back.
At a time when pain medications are limited, physical treatment such as osteopathy aims to re-align the body and reduce muscular tension and joint strain so the body can cope more easily with the changes of pregnancy.
Following labour, treatment also helps to ensure that the pelvis and lower back are returned to a comfortable position.
Osteopathy in the post-natal stage can help the body return to the pre-pregnant state. Each pregnancy and birth is different, and at Onebody, your osteopathic treatment is personalised and tailored for you. The aim of treatment is to treat any residual trauma from the birth and to avoid possible and unnecessary complications in later pregnancies.
You may be suffering with general tension and muscle soreness due to incorrect feeding positions. We can advise you how to support yourself optimally during this time. Or if you are suffering with pelvic pain, coccyx pain, sciatica, or headaches, these can respond very well to osteopathic treatment. Balancing tensions in the body will help to relax, improve confidence and to boost vitality for the new mum and so allow her to spend quality time with her baby.
Your osteopath can work in collaboration with Pilates instructors, Yoga teachers and Midwives in Central London. This can ensure your recovery is individualised and the best advice and approach can be suggested.
Get in touch to discuss how Osteopathy may help you and your baby.