Osteopathy techniques for babies are very gentle and should never be painful. For an optimal treatment, the osteopath needs to establish a completely trustful connection with the baby but also with the parents.
There is almost 80% water in a new born baby, therefore osteopathic technics are very fluid and soft.
Sometimes parents are asking: "Why is my baby crying? Is it because the treatment is painful?" Again, the techniques that we use are very gentle and respectful of the body structure, but it is quite normal that babies sometimes cry when faced with new situations and being touched in places that are potentially uncomfortable. If the baby doesn't stop crying and shows signs of too much stress in his/her cry, I will pause the treatment so the baby gets to calm down and get comfortable with the situation.
The in-utero lesion
Everything starts in the mother's uterus. As the baby stays there 9 months, he/she has a lot of time to move into unfortunate positions, squeezing parts of his/her body, getting the umbilical chord around his/her neck and thereby dealing with some stress hormones.
Babies could be affected since their creation in the womb. These "happenings" or impressions usually don't just disappear after the birth. They leave what we call a "print".
The birth could also leave some 'prints`; Being helped out by forceps, c-section, getting an arm pulled, stress due to an emergency. These prints can have an effect on the baby in the future, which could show in their physical or psychological development.
During my sessions, I observe the baby a lot and try to understand what kind of 'prints' they have experienced and thereby adapting the treatment to what needs to be fixed. I ask the parents many questions about the pre- and perinatal periods to have a good impression of the baby's history.
During my treatment I try as much as possible to explain to the parents what I'm doing and the reasons why.
What do I treat?
On newborn babies:
- sleeping problems
- problems with lying on the stomach
- cranial therapy
- plagiocephaly (flat head)
- regurgitation / vomiting (if not illness)
- postures (for ex. neck bending or turning to one side)
- problems with breastfeeding
- problems drinking from a bottle
- postural troubles
- ENT problems (Ear, Nose, Throat)
- problems with concentration
- mechanical problem after trauma
- mechanical pains
On pregnant woman:
- any mechanical pains
- low abdomen tightness
- baby who needs to turn head downwards
- general check-up before giving birth
Please, feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding your child or baby.