Kane and Ross Clinics practice osteopathy for children on a daily basis. The first consultation will last an hour. A full case history, an examination and treatment will be given during the first consultation. A treatment plan will be discussed and paediatrician, GP or other specialist may be integrated into the plan. At Kane and Ross we work closely with other health care professionals to provide an integrated approach for the children and babies. Osteopathic treatment may involve cranial and structural techniques and children and babies are often relaxed during treatment.
Some of the most common conditions that we see are:
Glue ear and osteopathy. Glue ear is fluid in the middle ear caused by poor drainage of the face. Osteopathy helps to drain the fluid in the eustachian tube by gentle techniques to open the area so that it can drain. This may involve techniques locally around the ear as well as to the lymphatics, upper ribs and face. Children with glue ear need a course of treatment and then need 2-3 treatments a year until the age of 7. By keeping the fluid draining it prevents stasis of the fluids and therefore reduces ear infections. You can read more on this on our blog.
Continuous coughs/colds and osteopathy
Some children are very narrow through the face which is exaggerated by a high palate in the roof of their mouths. This prevents fluid drainage. Osteopathy helps open these spaces so that children with continuous coughs and colds can drain better. Children will get coughs and colds but the aim of osteopathy is that the symptoms will last 3-4 days rather than 3-4 weeks.
Osteopathic treatment for Childrens back pain, headaches, neck pain - Musculo-skeletal Problem
Children do experience aches and pains. Children do get back pain and headaches and a child who is complaining frequently of aches and pains should be examined. Treatment is similar to that of an adult but more gentle. Diagnosis is important to find out why the child is experiencing pain and it may not be coming from the area of symptoms. Often a child with back pain may have a scoliosis or a foot or knee problem, the problem areas are often not in the area where they are experiencing the pain.
Children and Teenager Posture and Osteopathy
For children and teenagers posture is important, not only to reduce pain but also for presentation, interviews, and communication. All children over the age of 8 who visit Kane and Ross Clinics are taught about posture both sitting and standing. Sitting posture is particularly important due to their long hours they spend in front of i-pads, laptops and computers.
Simone Ross contributed to an article on neck, shoulder and back pain in children in The Times in 2013.
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