How Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy Can Benefit Children and Babies

Whether your newborn is suffering from colic or your toddler is having trouble sleeping, osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) can help. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine specialize in treating the body systems as one unit and use different techniques to aid the body in healing and functioning optimally. OMT is especially effective for pediatric patients. Discover how children of all ages can benefit from treatment with OMT.

What is osteopathic manipulative therapy?

Here at Osteopathic Wellness Center, Dr. David Johnston uses his specialized training to improve the health and well-being of his pediatric patients. As an osteopathic doctor, he uses a complete system of health care that considers the patient as a whole person.

Osteopathic manipulative therapy involves a hands-on approach that applies gentle pressure to move your child’s muscles and joints with a goal of balancing the body’s structures. This helps increase circulation, relieves inflammation, and facilitates the body’s natural healing ability. The therapy helps the body systems function together to treat and prevent illness, injury, and other health issues.

Supporting pediatric health

OMT can treat a wide range of pediatric conditions. Treatments focus on balancing and supporting your child’s nervous and musculoskeletal systems. The neuromuscular system plays a key role in keeping the rest of your baby’s body systems in balance. Abnormalities, changes, or dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system can have a profound influence on other organs and systems of your child’s body.  

Because OMT consists of over 100 techniques, providers have a wide range of options at hand to treat your child and restore health.

Pediatric conditions that can benefit from OMT

Dr. Johnston uses OMT to provide treatment for a variety of common conditions. These are just a few examples of conditions he can treat with OMT:

What to expect from treatment

Dr. Johnston carefully evaluates your child and performs an exam in order to create an effective treatment plan. He may use techniques similar to a chiropractor or a massage therapist. Depending on the condition being treated, Dr. Johnston may massage your child’s muscles or perform gentle movements to align your child’s joints and bones.

Following the treatment session, you may receive instructions, such as giving your child plenty of fluids, or Dr. Johnston may prescribe stretches or exercises to perform at home.

Helping your child to thrive

Even if your child or infant isn’t experiencing illness or a health problem at the present time, they can still benefit from OMT. Supportive therapy with osteopathic manipulative treatments can help with your child’s growth and development as well. For example, OMT can support your toddler’s muscles and coordination as your child learns to walk. It can also ease teething pain or the growing pains that can occur during growth spurts.

The team at Osteopathic Wellness Center is dedicated to exceptional, compassionate care for patients of all ages. For the best in osteopathic pediatric care, or if you have any questions, call our Ridgefield office to schedule an appointment. Or you can click the “book online” button to get started.

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