During the first consultation, your paediatric osteopath will go through a detailed case history to help understand any issues that your baby or child is experiencing. The practitioner will also gather information about the pregnancy, the birth and the baby or child’s general health.
Following the osteopathy consultation, an examination of your baby or child will be carried out. Based on the age of your child your paediatric osteopath will assess specific passive and active movements, milestones, reflexes and muscle tone. An explanation of the findings will be discussed with the guardian, along with a treatment plan and the number of sessions that might be needed. Your paediatric osteopath will be happy to answer any questions you have during the initial consultation process.
Following the examination, and if deemed appropriate, osteopathic treatment will begin. Treatment techniques include gentle mobilisations aimed to make the baby or child’s body as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Your paediatric osteopath may also provide advice and exercises to perform at home. They may also make a referral to other health professionals if necessary.
Paediatric osteopathy and cranial osteopathy are often thought to be the same since paediatric osteopaths tend to use gentle techniques and approaches similar to those used in cranial osteopathy. However, not every cranial osteopath has undergone the specialised training of a paediatric osteopath.