Osteopathy for all ages: How it can benefit children and adults

While holistic treatments such as osteopathy are associated with addressing musculoskeletal issues in adults, they also have a wealth of benefits for individuals of all ages, including children. 

From the moment they enter the world, children endure rapid growth and development, making them particularly receptive to muscular and skeletal issues. 

So, what is osteopathy? Osteopathy uses massage, physical manipulation, and stretching to relieve muscle tension, focusing on the body’s structure and function. Here’s how osteopathy can benefit children: 

Supporting Structural Development

Osteopaths recognise the importance of a well-aligned spine and optimal musculoskeletal development in children. Gentle manual techniques can help correct structural imbalances, promoting proper growth and alignment. 

    Addressing Birth Trauma

    The birthing process can exert significant forces on a newborn’s body, resulting in potential cranial moulding or musculoskeletal strain. Osteopathic treatments can alleviate these strains, supporting a healthy transition for the infant’s life outside the womb. 

      Managing Childhood Conditions

      Most osteopaths offer non-invasive approaches to managing common childhood conditions such as colic, reflux, ear infections and interrupted sleep. In addition to any postural problems, movement restrictions and potential coordination issues, osteopathy can also support children with developmental issues like dyslexia or attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

        There really is no age limit when it comes to osteopathic treatments. A recent German study found that osteopathy ‘marked positive changes’ for infants under the age of five in the severity of five of the most major childhood disorders: idiopathic infant asymmetry (IA), deformational plagiocephaly (DP), feeding disorders (FD), excessive crying (EC) and sleep disorders (SD). 

        Regardless of the level of fitness, most of us have felt some level of back pain before. The big concern is most of us won’t do anything about it until the pain becomes too much to bear.  

        As adults balance the stresses of daily life, osteopathy provides invaluable support for maintaining mobility, managing pain and promoting overall physical health. When you’ve got so much on your plate, it’s easy to neglect your physical health and lean into poor postural habits. Here’s how osteopathy can benefit adults: 

        Relieving Pain and Discomfort

        Whether it’s back pain, neck stiffness, or joint discomfort, osteopathy can effectively relieve musculoskeletal pain and restore function. Manual techniques such as joint mobilisation, soft tissue manipulation, and craniosacral therapy are commonly used by osteopaths to provide relief from chronic or acute pain. Acute pain comes on suddenly and is typically associated with a muscular strain or injury, whereas chronic pain normally consists of regular pain lasting a few months, often linked to degenerative conditions affecting the bones, joints, or discs. 

          Improving Posture and Alignment

          With so many people now working from home, poor posture is an incredibly common lifestyle issue, causing concerning amounts of musculoskeletal strain and discomfort. Osteopathic interventions focus on improving posture and alignment, reducing strain on muscles and joints and preventing future injuries. 

            Promoting Recovery and Rehabilitation

            Whether recovering from surgery, sports injuries, or traumatic events, osteopathy supports the body’s natural healing processes. Osteopathic treatments aid in reducing inflammation, improving circulation and enhancing tissue repair, facilitating a faster and more complete physical recovery. 

              Osteopathy takes a holistic approach to health, considering the interconnectedness of the body, mind and spirit. From nurturing the growth and development of children to supporting adults in improving their mobility and well-being, osteopathy addresses the diverse physical needs of all ages.  

              Whether you’re seeking relief from pain, support for recovery or proactive preventive care, osteopathy offers a comprehensive approach to health, unlocking the potential for a life of wellness and vitality at every stage. 

              At The Oast, we want to help you live a life without pain. Our qualified practitioners have years of experience helping patients of all ages to understand their pain and develop a self-management plan that gives them back the freedom to live their best life. 

              Book an appointment with us today at one of our centres in Sittingbourne or Sheppey and let us help you get you moving again.