How Can Osteopathy Help My Newborn?

Being born isn’t easy on a baby. Traversing the birth canal requires flexibility from virtually every part of your baby’s body, with their skull being the biggest challenge. In an attempt to ease the birthing process, the plates of your baby’s skull aren’t fully bonded. However, despite numerous mechanisms to naturally put these plates back into place, sometimes they don’t fully go back to their correct positions.

This can lead to your baby being colicky or having problems feeding. Furthermore, it could affect their breathing, which may lead to congestion. They could also become constipated, prone to ear infections, have digestive issues, and be vulnerable to other conditions. In many cases, these problems may tie back to improperly balanced skull plates. An osteopathic treatment called craniosacral therapy can ease many of these issues with soft and gentle massages.

In this blog, David Johnston, DO, of Osteopathic Wellness Center in Ridgefield, Connecticut, explains how osteopathy may be able to help your child.

How body systems are affected

The motions of the skull plates at birth can impact the 12 cranial nerves that control vital functions throughout your baby’s body. These can be affected through any type of birth when one or more of these nerves is compressed or irritated.

Your baby’s body has a number of natural mechanisms to help restore the shape of their skull. When feeding and crying, for example, pressures can ease the bones back into place. Yawning can also aid in this movement, and the natural stroking you do when holding your baby can help, too.

However, sometimes the forces of birth can overwhelm these natural corrective systems. Cranial osteopathy was developed to aid these systems and relieve undue pressure in your baby’s skull.

Cranial osteopathy

As you can imagine, if natural alignment systems include yawning and feeding, the forces needed to restore positioning aren’t excessive. Pediatric osteopathy treatments are extremely gentle, and there’s a good chance your baby will fall asleep during sessions, which typically last about 45 minutes. Massage pressure is minimal, and care is taken to observe movements and adapt treatment as therapy progresses. Rarely does a child need more than three sessions.

Treatment can relieve the tiny pressures that affect your child’s rapidly growing body. Sleep can become more comfortable and less disturbed. Digestive issues associated with colic, constipation, and reflux can diminish. Furthermore, treatment can make your baby’s immune system stronger, and thus improve their ability to defeat infections. And to top if off, treatment can improve your baby’s ability to breathe.

Other body systems

While cranial osteopathy provides a wide range of benefits, treatment may also include other body parts. Gentle osteopathic care of the abdomen, for example, can improve digestive performance.

As a parent, you may sense that your child is out of sorts. They may not be overtly ill, they just may not be at ease. This may be the time to contact the Osteopathic Wellness Center to arrange an examination with Dr. Johnston, a specialist in pediatric osteopathy.

To see if your baby needs osteopathy, book an appointment online or over the phone with Osteopathic Wellness Center today.

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