It is a common belief that babies and children should have no strains because they are “so young”. The reality can be quite different.
There are enormous forces on the baby as the uterus pushes down to expel the baby, means this is a highly stimulating and potentially stressful journey and quite marked birth trauma and compressions can result.
Moulding / shaping to the head is common. Persistent crying and yawning can be a signs of the baby tries to relieve the tensions.
As the child grows, the compensations that have been developed may cause the body to ineffectively cope with life.
Cranial osteopathic treatment is a gentle touch or pressure, applied where necessary, to cause the inherent natural healing to rebalance. Cranial techniques are safe, gentle and are often used to treat young children and infants.
Gayle uses a range of techniques including physical manipulation, stretching and massage. These are all taught at undergraduate level and she has been practising for over 25 years.
Gayle works under the principle that there may be a number of contributing factors to the symptoms and will therefore evaluate not only the area which is producing the symptoms, but also associated areas that may be contributing to the issue, including past trauma, environmental factors, diet and the family's health history.
The average number of treatments required is just 6.
The EARLIER treatment is given, the better the results, and the sooner everyone can relax and get on with life – child, parents, siblings etc.
Post-partum checks should be a normal part of delivery care in hospital, unfortunately they aren’t.
Osteopathy is based on some very simpe but fundamental premises for life.
- The principle that structure and function are intimately related. If the structure is not in balance then the function will be affected; and vice versa.
- Altered nerve supplies to an area will change how those tissues and cells are able to function
- An altered blood supply and nutrition will affect growth and development in unhealthy and healthy tissue.
Osteopathic practice is a healthcare approach that provides a package of care that can include one or more of the following:
- manual therapy
- health information
- dietary advice
- exercise therapy
- self-management advice and support
Treatment is patient-centered - that means that each client has a unique "prescription" for them which is determined using the skills of the Osteopath.
You can help by giving an Osteopathic post-partum Gift Voucher for a check-up for both participants.
You do have to pay privately for the treatments, but it isn’t prohibitively expensive and the benefits last a lifetime. Initial consultations are £55 for a single appointment. It is recommended that both the Mum and baby attend the first appointment (make a double appointment) so that "both sides of the birth" can be assessed and checked. Follow-up treatments are £50.
Treatment appointments last half an hour. For a Mum and baby check you need to allow an hour.
Make your appointment now… call Gayle Palmer on 01243 641665 now..
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Gayle Palmer D.O. offers 10 mins free consultations to assess whether she may be able to help you, often on the phone – call 01243 641665.
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