“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing. B&HC is here to help you climb your mountain.”
— Dr. Robert Amato
How Can Osteopathy Help Babies & Children?
Osteopathy focuses on a whole-body approach to determine the cause of the problem, recognising the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. By using skilled palpatory evaluation, diagnosis and a range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths identify and treat dysfunction in your body, positively affecting the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Dr Robert Amato (Osteopath) is an experienced Melbourne based osteopath who uses a very gentle form of treatment. There are no ‘cracks or crunches’ or other forceful movements utilised by other therapies. This makes it a very safe, gentle, yet incredibly effective treatment for the musculoskeletal components of a wide range of problems affecting babies, children and pregnant women.
The birth process can be incredibly demanding on both mother and baby, creating stresses and strains throughout the baby’s head (cranium), spine and pelvis. These strains can irritate surrounding nerves and compromise blood supply, resulting in pain, headaches and digestive disturbance.
The most common complaints seen in newborns are reflux, colic and feeding difficulties. A baby will often communicate there is a problem by being unsettled, irritable or wakeful.
Symptoms in a newborn baby to be aware of are:
- excessive wind
- continuous crying
- difficulty feeding or a preference to feed from one breast
- sleeping difficulties
- stiffness of the neck muscles
- favouring the head to one side
- a misshapen head (plagiocephaly)
- jaw restriction