When treating babies and children we often use cranial techniques which are suitable for all ages. This gentle, non-manipulative treatment could help to soothe and relax baby. In older children we may also use gentle stretching and articulation techniques.
We have made every effort to make both our clinics as child friendly as possible. There are books and toys available in the reception area and all treatment rooms. Both our osteopaths have experience working with babies and children of all ages, including children with physical disabilities, and learning difficulties. All children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/carer, and all parents/carers should be prepared to entertain young children during treatment.
All of our osteopaths have undertaken further training in paediatric osteopathy, and principle osteopath Sarah holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy. Sarah also has experience working in the Children’s ward and with premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit and SCBU at Barnet Hospital, London, as part of the ‘flying osteopaths’ team when she worked at the charity The Osteopathic Centre for Children. Sarah is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
There are times when two osteopaths may work on a patient at one time, especially if trying to resolve a difficult or stubborn problem. This is beneficial for us as osteopaths because it aids our own learning experience, and also benefits the patient because treatment is often more effective. These appointments are at the osteopaths’ discretion; if you are offered one please be assured that there will be no additional charge, just the usual repeat appointment fee.
At the clinic we always ensure that patients and their babies/children seek appropriate medical advice and treatment alongside any osteopathic treatment. As well as our osteopathic examination, our osteopaths are also trained to screen for infant clinical conditions, and we will advise you if we think that you need to see your health visitor or GP.