Osteopathic Treatment for Newborns
We believe that it is important for all babies to get an osteopathic assessment following birth, however this approach does not replace a thorough medical exam. Our goal is to assist babies in their recovery from the birth experience, thereby helping to promote the best possible health outcome and developmental prognosis for each child. The osteopathic discipline is very precise and focuses on re-establishing and maintaining the natural relationships of bones, muscles, membranes, tissues and fluids within the body. Osteopathic manipulative treatment promotes the body’s ability to function, develop and heal itself by addressing problems found within and between these structural components.
Osteopathy checks for birth trauma, restricted patterns of movement and proper reflexes. This preliminary examination may be helpful with certain conditions such as colic, reflux, sleeping difficulties, eczema, digestive and bowel issues. We commonly work in association with lactation consultants and public health nurses for latching issues. Medical doctors in Canada are beginning to recognize the scope and benefits of an osteopathic approach to the newborn.
If you are pregnant or plan to conceive a baby in the future, we recommend you receive a minimum of one treatment each trimester. This will help the mother’s body adapt to the changes of pregnancy and encourage balance in all the structures, which may help to increase the chances of having a proper birth presentation.
One or both parents (or legal guardian) are always present while their child is being treated. Each procedure is fully explained to you as well as the reason for its application. As changes occur following treatment, the baby may exhibit different behaviours after their session. Contact your osteopath if you need clarification or if you have any questions following your newborn’s examination and treatment.