Infant / Paediatric Osteopathy for London
John has been providing Osteopathy for babies in London since 2001.
Is Osteopathy right for my baby?
It can be difficult for parents to understand what to expect from an osteopathic visit with their baby. For this reason John first likes to speak to parents by phone before making an appointment. To arrange a phone chat with John please reach out to him providing your number and an indication of when you might be available by email to email@example.com
John's experience with babies.
John has been working with babies & children since 1999, a year after qualifying as an osteopath. It was always his intention to work comfortably with patients of all ages, and he was very fortunate to spend 18 months working at a predominantly paediatric osteopathic clinic run by one of the founders of The Sutherland Society, the primary institution for training cranial osteopaths at that time. This very gentle osteopathic approach is the principle technique of choice with infants.
It was through this gradual introduction to osteopathic paediatric work, with tutoring and supervision from the clinic principal, that he developed the skills and confidence to treat babies and children.
Interestingly over the years he found that rather than developing a practice treating children of all ages, he has drawn instead mostly parents with young babies that are struggling for a variety of reasons. This is in part due to word of mouth recommendations from parents down the years. He finds work with infants immensely rewarding, and challenging in a good way.
In the process of assessing and treating the baby it's vital that at the same time the bond between mother and baby is appreciated and supported, as this attachment is fundamental to helping the baby through a difficult period. He has felt from the very beginning that a significant part of the benefit of osteopathy with babies comes from both the assurance and relaxation that babies gain from the gentle handling and osteopathic techniques, and from providing a place for parents to express and explore their concerns, and be able to work through these with the help of the osteopath's wealth of experience with similar issues.
John believes the osteopath’s role is to understand in depth the various obstacles the baby faces to feeling comfortable within themselves, and work through these in conjunction with the parents. These may not only relate to physical restrictions and retained tensions from a difficult birth, but to natural separation anxieties expressed through crying when not held by the mother or father (often attributed initially to physical discomfort), digestive challenges through exposure to antibiotics and other interventions, and numerous other sometimes subtle issues. The treatment and advice given in each case is entirely unique.
What to expect from your visit.
After a through case history a gentle examination assists to understand the tensions and other challenges that can prevent a baby feeling comfortable.
Parents often find with hands-on treatment their baby relaxes and enjoys the experience. In the simplest terms, this relaxation is an element of treatment that facilitates a release of tension, and this tension can be the obstacle to the baby being able to comfortably self-regulate and enjoy the loving care their parents provide.
What is John experienced with?
John has commonly seen babies with issues around feeding, sleep, reflux, plagiocephaly (irregular head shape) and of course crying.
Please reach out to John to learn more.
- Mechanical Neck Pain
- Sciatica & Trapped Nerves
- Muscle Spasms
- General Acute & Chronic Backache & Pain
- Arthritic Pain & Stiffness
- Generalised Joint Pain & Stiffness
- Digestive Issues
- Stress & Tension
- Frozen Shoulder Sports Injuries
- Rheumatic Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Shoulder, Elbow Pain
- Headaches from Neck & Back Issues