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Guest Blog: Cranial Osteopathy for Infants and Children

Cranial osteopathy encourages the release of tension and stresses in the body and it can boost the wellbeing and aid the recovery of babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  Edinburgh practioner Adam Harker tells us about his work and its benefits to small children.

Health is the most important thing that we wish for children. For little ones to healthily eat, sleep, grow and be happy is what all parents hope for. Unfortunately sometimes things can happen to affect children’s health whether it be short term and minor to long term and acute. Paediatric cranial osteopathy can help children to regain and sustain optimum health by gently treating the whole body, bringing balance back where imbalance has led to ailment. The joy in my work is seeing children recover and parents relieved.

People often think about osteopathy as a treatment if they have a bad back or have been injured. Children can sometimes be over looked because people are not always aware of what we can achieve by using gentle treatment to improve the whole family’s health. Osteopathy can offer a safe and gentle approach to regaining children’s health and can be effective for relieving the causes for reflux, vomiting, and difficulty feeding or bringing up wind, colic and irritability in babies. Pressure on the forming skull can also lead to trouble sleeping, irritability, recurrent ear infections, head banging and plagiocephaly (misshapen skull). Restrictions can put pressure on an infant’s system.  The good news is many ailments can be overcome with properly managed cranial osteopathic treatment.

I also specialise in pre and post-natal care. Specialised osteopaths can help families prepare for conception with fertility treatments or help mothers and babies prepare for healthy deliveries. We also treat mothers and infants who have experienced trauma during delivery. Pregnancy and child birth can be a wonderful time, but for some it can also be a time of intense emotional and physical strain. I aim to help mothers, babies, and as a result the whole family, to reconnect with their bodies so that everyone can grow well together. For mothers I can help to rebalance the pelvis after birth, help with back pain and nursing problems to name a few. Post-natal treatments can help to avoid structural issues that can affect ladies in later life if misalignment persists.

Infants and children can be incredibly responsive to treatment because the body’s drive for health and vitality is strong. Assisting with alignment early on can avoid a range of impacting ailments. For children osteopathy may effectively treat glue ear, growing pains and scoliosis. There is also scope for assisting with symptoms of ADHD, autism, Tourette's syndrome, and some learning difficulties because rebalancing the body relieves pressures within the form. Pressures and strains can lead to irritability, hyperactivity, poor concentration or a variety of other symptoms due to abnormal tensions brought about from physical or emotional impacts.

I knew from an early age that I was going to be an osteopathic practitioner having been treated following several severe injuries while competing in Scotland’s under 16s rugby squad. My osteopathic practitioner inspired me so much that I began training immediately after leaving school. I have since practiced in New Zealand, Canada, the Caribbean and Switzerland, but Edinburgh is my home. I work with all ages and ailments from sports injuries, working with athletes at the top of their game to post trauma care, pregnancy, post-natal care and paediatrics. I graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (London) with a BSc Hons in Osteopathy in 2002 therefore I am fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council. I have also completed post graduate qualifications in Paediatric Cranial Osteopathy.  So, if I can help you and your family regain and maintain health, I most certainly will.

To contact Adam - and to find out more - email tideosteopathy@gmail.com or visit www.tideosteopathy.co.uk.