Osteopathic Treatment, Cranial Osteopathy for babies, Osteopathy during pregnancy

By: Jeremy James and Associates, Solihull Osteopathic Practice  08/09/2010
Keywords: back pain, pregnancy, osteopathy

 Solihull Osteopathic Practice.....Osteopathy is an effective and safe treatment to relieve pain and help the body recover from injury. Osteopaths use their hands to find the exact cause of pain and will provide the best possible treatment plan to help you recover. Osteopaths have a highly developed sense of touch. They use their hands to locate and identify the main causes of pain or injury and are skilled at analysing posture and alignment. When the whole body is in alignment it functions and works more efficiently, relieving pain and reducing the chance of injuries occurring again. A variety of manipulative techniques are used. This may include massage, soft tissue stretching, gentle release techniques or stronger manipulation to help relieve pain, reduce swelling and improve mobility. Often manipulation can result in an audible 'click' which is simply the sound of gas bubbles popping within the fluid of the joints. Individually tailored exercises are given to compliment the treatment as well as other advice on lifestyle. Osteopathy is safe for use on all ages. At Solihull Osteopathic Practice a caring approach and attention to the individual is considered particularly important to the osteopath.  What can Osteopathy help? Osteopaths are skilled health care professionals who treat a wide range of conditions successfully such as: • Back, neck, shoulder, elbow, hand and hip problems • Knee, ankle and foot problems • Joint and arthritic pains • Trapped nerves and sciatica • Stiffness and tension • Disc, muscle and ligament strains • Sports and dance injuries • Whiplash and tendonitis • Postural problems • Headaches and migraines • Pregnancy related aches and pains • Cranial treatment for babies and adults - Sleep disturbances The baby sleeps for only short periods, and may sleep little in the day (or night!). They wake to the slightest noise (jumpy). The tension on the bony and membranous casing of the skull keeps the baby's nervous system in a persistently alert state. Crying, screaming, irritability The baby may be uncomfortable, with a constant feeling of pressure in the head. This may be made worse by the extra pressure on the head when lying down. Feeding difficulties The baby takes a long time to feed and one feed merges into the next. They may be a 'windy' feeder. Feeding is difficult and tiring due to mechanical stresses through the head, face and throat. The nerves to the tongue may be irritated as they exit from the skull, which makes sucking difficult. Sickness, colic and wind Regurgitation of milk between feeds, bouts of prolonged crying due to colic and wind (often worse in the evening). The nerve to the stomach may be irritated as it exits from the base of the skull, which can impair digestion. The diaphragm between the chest and the abdomen may be stressed or distorted, which further compromises both digestion and the ability of the stomach to retain its contents. Stress from a difficult or fast birth can leave the digestive system in tension trapping wind. Any strain through the umbilical cord, for instance if it was around the baby's neck, can add to strains in the abdomen. Cranial Osteopathic Treatment Osteopathic treatment using the cranial approach is gentle, safe and effective for babies and children. Very specific, skilled, light pressure is applied where necessary to assist the natural ability of the body to release stresses and tensions. The objective of the cranial treatment is to reestablish a smooth, symmetrical movement pattern in each of the cranial bones, and an easy symmetry of motion throughout the structures of the rest of the body. What are the benefits of Osteopathy? • Relieves pain • Fast return to work and sport • Fast return to normal daily activities • Improves mobility and movement • Relieves tension • Advice on prevention of pain or similar injury • Helps you to improve your posture. About your treatment Your first visit for osteopathic treatment will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. A detailed history of your complaint will be taken including any previous problems or injuries. A full medical history will also be taken. This will be followed by a physical assessment. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and perform a simple series of movements so the mobility and points of weakness can be noted. An assessment of posture is often included. Other factors such as lifestyle and diet may be taken into consideration, to enable an accurate diagnosis to be made. A suitable treatment plan will be discussed and you will be given time to ask any questions or raise concerns that you may have about your problem. The osteopath will discuss with you the type of techniques that they feel will be most beneficial to you and will obtain your consent before proceeding with treatment. If you have a preference for a particular style of treatment, or at any stage of the treatment process you feel uncomfortable with the techniques that are being applied, please feel free to say so, and discuss this with them. It is important for all concerned to find the approach that best suits your needs and comfort while fixing your problem as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. After treatment what can I expect? It can be a normal part of the treatment and healing process to experience some form of treatment reaction, especially after the first treatment. This can involve a temporary increase in pain or stiffness that usually lasts 24-48 hours. In most cases patients say they feel a sense of relief in the body after treatment which could be described as a release of tension.

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