Who can benefit from osteopathy?
Whatever your lifestyle, osteopathy can help you make the most of it! Busy days hunched over a computer, running around after small children, or engaging in heavy manual labour can create postural strains and stresses.
Leisure activities can also take their toll. Sports, gardening and other hobbies can lead to acute or repetitive strain injuries. And the stress of managing it all can affect us in many ways, too.
Osteopathic treatment can reduce pain, stiffness and inflammation, and improve mobility. It can help prevent injuries, enhance performance and speed recovery. Maintenance treatments can improve your health and wellbeing, even when you have no specific complaints.
I have additional expertise with pregnant women and enjoy treating infants, children and even teens.
Pregnant and Postpartum Women
Prenatal treatment enhances circulation, balances hormonal and nervous systems, and mobilizes the pelvis. It helps the body adapt to the growing baby, prepare for childbirth and recover more easily. Osteopathic treatment is helpful in relieving:
- Back and joint pain
- Symphysis pubis dysfunction (also known as SPD or pelvic girdle pain)
- Breathing difficulties
- Varicose veins and hemorrhoids
- Carpal tunnel symptoms
Treatment encourages optimal fetal position by creating adequate space in the pelvis, in turn helping initiate labour naturally and easing delivery.
Postpartum care helps correct muscle imbalances and restore normal alignment, plus ease the strain and fatigue of feeding and holding your baby for long periods.
Newborns and Infants
Newborn and infant treatment eases the physical stresses from birth and is effective for:
- Breastfeeding challenges ( latching difficulty, preference for feeding on one side)
- Crying, fussiness, difficulty settling, colic, sleep disturbances
- Digestive issues (spitting up, gas, constipation)
- Head shape asymmetries
Toddlers, Older Children and Teens
For toddlers and older children treatment can help with:
- Immune strengthening
- Recurring ear and sinus infections
- Behavioural and learning difficulties
It’s particularly beneficial after significant falls, and head or tailbone injuries, to release strains in the tissue and prevent compensatory postural changes.
The onset of puberty can exacerbate trauma experienced during birth and childhood, manifesting in structural or functional disturbances such as scoliosis, headaches or difficulty concentrating. Sports, carrying heavy schoolbags, and computer and video game use can also lead to injuries and imbalances.