Infants, Children, and Adolescents at Life Therapies | Ottawa

osteopathy for infants babiesAt Life Therapies, we treat infants, children, and adolescents as well. We believe that creating balance in the body is the key to living a pain-free life, a process that begins very early in life, and allows your children to grow under the most optimal conditions. Generally most infants are able to go through the birth process without issue and grow up to be healthy children, since the tissues of the baby’s body are designed to absorb most the stresses of birth; however, that isn’t always the case.

Children usually get through most falls or accidents quite well. Occasionally, though, a trauma can create abnormal strain on a growing body. Birth-induced stresses, falls, and accidents as children grow, can contribute to problems later in life. This leads many parents in search of non-pharmaceutical options for their children, in order to see them being well, rather than simply “not sick”. Natural holisitic treatments, such as osteopathy are considered a more gentle approach to infants and children.

A gentle approach to treatment is always applied to infants and children. Using safe, non-manipulative techniques designed for infants and children, our osteopaths will look and feel for mild strains and stresses to various tissues and aim to release them to restore proper structure and function. When dealing with young children, our osteopaths apply gentle soft tissue massage, the myofascial technique, and cranio-sacral therapy, among other methods.

Our treatments at Life Therapies can assist with the management a number of conditions in infants, children, and adolescents, including:

  • Irritability, difficulty settling, or excessive crying;
  • Digestive troubles (e.g., colic, excessive vomiting, reflux, or gas);
  • Feeding complications (e.g., difficulties latching and/or sucking);
  • Issues with sleep patterns;
  • Jaundice;
  • Head shape changes or asymmetries;
  • Difficulties with movement;
  • Hip dysplasia;
  • Chronic ear infections, and;
  • In children and teenagers:
    • Postural issues, breathing and asthma, repetitive strain, or ADD/ADHD, as well as;
    • Growth-related injuries (e.g., Growing pains or Osgood-Schlatter disease).