Wellbaby is one of the premiere specialist baby cranial osteopath clinics in Auckland, which offers safe and effective cranial osteopathy for babies and children and pregnant women or mothers at an affordable price.
How can Wellbaby Osteopaths Help?
Baby osteopathy is now recognised as a sensible and practical approach that is safe and effective. A number of research studies suggest it can help with infantile colic (1)
, breast feeding problems (2)
and head shape issues (3)
. Babies are very delicate and responsive. It is important that you choose an osteopath with the right training who has extensive experience working with babies.
Wellbaby osteopaths help facilitate the body's innate ability for self-healing. They use a comprehensive anatomical knowledge and skilled sense of palpation to identify stresses and strains in the baby's body. Employing a variety of very gentle, highly specific light pressure techniques (no clicking) they release tensions in the muscles and bones of the baby's skull, neck, shoulders, spine and pelvis.
Many midwives now routinely send babies for check-ups after birth. Ask your midwife or lactation consultant for their help with finding a suitably qualified osteopath. Typically babies will require about 3-4 treatments. However, occasionally in very difficult births more treatment may be needed.
When to Seek Treatment?
Parents may not be trained to feel tension in their baby's body like an Osteopath. However, they are often very perceptive. If a child seems to be sleepless, crying, unsettled or a fussy feeder then they may be having problems. Many babies are very sleepy in the first few weeks and it is often after this period they show signs of distress or discomfort. It is at this point many parents seek help.
Babies who have had some form of intervention during birth appear to be most at risk of problems. However, any birth can give rise to tensions and strains in the baby's body. It would be prudent for all new born babies to see a 'baby osteopath'.
Our Wellbaby osteopaths are located at the Wellwest Clinic, 31 Lincoln Road in Henderson, Waitakere, West Auckland. For more information or to make a booking Call 838 0631 or book online at www.wellbaby.co.nz.
1. Hayden C, Mullinger B. (2006) A preliminary assessment of the impact of cranial Osteopathy for the Relief of Infantile Colic. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.
2. Lund GC, Edwards G, Medlin B, Keller D, Beck B, Carreiro JE. (2011) Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for the Treatment of Hospitalized Premature Infants with Nipple Feeding Dysfunction. Journal of the American Osteopath Association.
3. Lessard S, Gagnon I, Troier N. (2011) Exploring the Impact of Osteopathic Treatment on Cranial Asymmetries Associated with Nonsynostotic Plagiocephaly in Infants. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.