Children and Babies
All osteopaths here have been extensively trained in paediatric examination and diagnosis. We take our time with each child in order to ascertain the very best treatment approach for your baby or child. We see all ages. You are never too young, or too old for that matter, to receive osteopathic treatment. At The Wimbledon Osteopath we see babies as soon as they are born and starting to engage with their new surroundings.
We care for toddlers as they enthusiastically adapt to weight bearing and exploring their surroundings. Krystyna particularly enjoys treating school children of all ages. Backache, growing pains, sports injuries and stress-related issues are most popular as they adapt to life at school and especially the world of technology and educational pressures.
Teenagers go through many emotional and physical changes during puberty and we are here to help with them all. Many return from University for a well earned MOT and a chance to alleviate all their tensions and stiffness form all that hard work!
Who do we see and why?
Parents frequently bring their children to see Krystyna and her associates looking for help with a wide range of ailments. Other healthcare professionals such as midwives, health visitors, lactation consultants, GPs and NCT, refer children to The Wimbledon Osteopath. To this day, our biggest referral source is by word of mouth through family, friends or other patients who have been helped by Krystyna.
Why check babies’ heads?
During the pregnancy and delivery, babies’ skull bones have the ability to bend and overlap when stresses and forces are placed upon them, such as the delivery process and descent through the birth canal. This is a natural process called moulding. Many babies when born may have an altered shape to their head either from intrauterine moulding, forceps or ventouse deliveries. They may suffer with tense neck and shoulders, however these stresses are normally resolved during the first few days after birth as the baby begins to cry, suck and yawn, which helps to dissipate some of the effects of these excessive forces.
Any tensions in the neck and shoulders can be spotted when babies prefer to feed off one side, as they may have stiffness in the muscles or joints around the neck making it uncomfortable for them to rotate to the other side.
Also, when the muscles around the jaw and neck are restricted, babies may find it hard to open their mouths wide enough to obtain a good latch, to feed well and obtain a strong suck. Suck and swallow issues show up when the baby keeps pulling away from the breast, starts fast and then falls asleep or, over pinches, giving the mother a very sore nipple.
As experienced pediatric Osteopaths, we have a highly developed sense of touch. We use this, combined with a detailed birth case history and structural examination, to determine the extent and location of any areas of restriction (strain patterns) in the baby’s body.
We then use very gentle manual techniques to resolve these strains in order to relieve discomfort. This can then enables all the body systems to work effectively and with ease.
Krystyna has worked at the world famous Osteopathic Centre for Children based in central London and studied Pediatrics as part of her Masters in Osteopathic Medicine. She opened the Daybrook Road Clinic (previously also the South West London Osteopathic Centre for Children) some 25 years ago and was the first female paediatric osteopath in SW19. Her reputation in this field is well known with local GPs, NCT, health visitors and other medical professionals.
Call or email us if you want to find out more before booking or want to check if we can help.
The teenage years are a time of great change both physically and physiologically. Teenagers are growing rapidly and their hormonal and nervous systems are changing and developing at a fast pace. Sometimes their tissues just can’t keep up.
We commonly see teenagers who complain of persistent back pain – perhaps from hours of studying or sports/dance training. They also come in with symptoms of stress, headaches and tummy or period issues.
Overtraining is another particularly common issue with competitive training starting earlier in life and involving a huge commitment of time each week.
Then there are all the sports that get taken to extremes and end up as YouTube ‘fail’ videos, often involving skateboarders face-planting or getting a harsh and intimate introduction to concrete!
One must remember that there are a number of more serious diseases that tend to target the young adult or adolescent, which can have serious repercussions. In general, these will often make your son or daughter complain with other symptoms suggesting they’re not quite well. These often include loss of appetite and energy, pain at rest, fever, night sweats, weight loss and nausea. We may ask you to consult your GP if your child complains of any of these symptoms with back pain.