Thursday, 26 June 2014

Adelaide Osteopathy for Children

Kids experience a lot of bumps and bruises as they grow up—around the home, at school or on the sports field. Osteopathy can be very effective in treating these, but it can also help to identify early on potential problems that may become more acute as they grow up.

Osteopathy addresses posture problems

Osteopathic treatment can also provide children with relief from the stresses on their posture associated with carrying heavy school bags, sitting at their desks, or being in front of a computer for extended periods of time. 

A further bonus is that visiting an osteopath will also give children a greater understanding of the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, and how they can influence their future health and well-being.

Young bodies can suffer from musculoskeletal strains too

Although young people's bodies are naturally flexible and resilient, they nevertheless can come under a lot of strains and stresses. There are always going to be a few physical knocks along the way, whether they're from playing games or sport, or not sitting properly, or just walking awkwardly.

Young people are also not immune from more severe traumas, such as might occur in an accident or fall, and broken bones and fractures are not at all uncommon. While these can be painful and uncomfortable in and of themselves, such injuries also have the potential to cause longer-lasting problems. Osteopathy can help to ensure that such problems aren't able to develop.

The euphemistically entitled 'growing pains' can also be a sign that posture problems are developing, and while they might not be especially severe now, they could lead to issues later on in life. An assessment by an osteopath can help to identify these and so serve as a form of preventative medicine. 

Benefits of a regular osteopathic assessment

Regular examinations and, if necessary, programmes of osteopathic treatment can therefore be extremely beneficial in uncovering underlying problems early on and reducing their potential future impact. Often a trained outside eye provides a different perspective, and can help children to see that the pain and discomfort they feel, or their poor posture, isn't 'normal' and they can do something about it. It is often the case that the inherent healing ability of a young person's body manages to cover problems up, and as result it may be difficult without specialist advice to pick up on potential long-term damage.

We all know how important flexibility is to being able to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, and so anything that inhibits this in a child, or affects their strength and balance, is likely to impact upon them in later years. This is why early identification and treatment of any musculoskeletal issues is so important. 

Why children respond to osteopathy

Osteopathic treatment is conducted in a calm and gentle environment, and is completely non-invasive and drug free. It is entirely safe and there are no side effects, apart from children feeling as though they've had a very active session of play or a tiring sports match—which is usually followed by a sound night's sleep!

Contact us to find out more

If your child has injured themselves playing sport or in the schoolyard, or is experiencing discomfort as a result of their posture or the way they walk, you should consider an osteopathic consultation to discuss whether treatment might be beneficial.

Please feel free to email us to discuss the situation, or to make an appointment to visit us at our Adelaide CBD practice.

Amber Laris is an Adelaide osteopath who treats both adults and children
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