Pediatric and Cranial Osteopathy

What is Pediatric Osteopathy?

Osteopathic practitioners use pediatric osteopathy exclusively to treat babies and children.

Children have constantly changing structures as they grow. These changes can sometimes result in aches and pains or predispose them to sporting injuries. In babies, the trauma of birth can cause many issues including breastfeeding problems, torticollis, colic, pain and discomfort.

Pediatric osteopathy uses gentle therapeutic techniques, stretches and cranial osteopathic techniques to alleviate symptoms and aid growth in infants and children.

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What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cerebrospinal fluid runs throughout the brain and spinal cord. This fluid has been found to rhythmically fluctuate through these tissues. Cranial osteopathy was first developed by an osteopath named William Sutherland in the 1920s. The theory behind cranial osteopathy is that a trained practitioner can palpate and influence the movement of this fluid, through very gentle and subtle manipulation of the skull, sacrum, and other tissues throughout the body for therapeutic benefits. Cranial osteopathy is a popular treatment option for children and infants, as at a younger age, bones have not fully fused and formed. As such, they may find this method of treatment particularly effective. Cranial osteopathy is also a very gentle and non-invasive way of treating people who have chronic conditions and who may find they have reactions which are too strong with other forms of manual therapy.

Who offers Pediatric and Cranial Osteopathy in our clinic?

Marie-Aude Forney is a French trained osteopathic practitioner with a 4-year diploma in osteopathy, a specialised 2-year diploma in pediatric osteopathy and certification in pediatric cranial osteopathy.