Paediatric Osteopathy

What is Paediatric Osteopathy

Babies, infants, children and adolescents can be treated by osteopaths with non-invasive and gentle treatment.

The process of pregnancy, labour and delivery is incredibly demanding on the mother but can be equally strenuous for baby too. New research using 3D-MRI scans and 3D reconstructions have confirmed the remarkable process of fetal head remoulding and brain shape changes that allows passage from the womb, through the bony pelvis and into the delivery room.

Just as physical trauma in adults can disrupt normal function, unresolved stresses and strains can also impact on baby’s overall function and cause irritation to surrounding structures.

What are the reasons for paediatric osteopathic care?

  • Musculoskeletal concerns following birth (including baby’s head shape or favouring neck turning to one side)

  • Other postural, growth or movement restrictions/difficulties

  • Feeding or attachment difficulties

  • Developmental milestone concerns (including rolling, crawling, walking, limping or balance issues)

  • General musculoskeletal health check-up and monitoring

  • ‘Growing pains’

  • Sports injuries

Your osteopath will be able to collaborate with other health care providers including specialists, midwives, GPs and lactation consultants to provide education/advice, a management plan and treatment approach best suited to the individual needs of your child.



1Ami O, Maran JC, Gabor P, Whitacre EB, Musset D, Dubray C, et al. (2019) Threedimensional magnetic resonance imaging of fetal head molding and brain shape changes during the second stage of labor. PLoS ONE 14(5): e0215721.