Osteopathy is a manual medicine that seeks balance between different parts and systems of the body and thus allow health to be expressed. It is based on the osteopathic principles formulated by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in the late 19th century in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010 recognizes osteopathy as a health profession of first intention.
The objective is the diagnosis and treatment of areas of the body that present mobility restrictions, restore movement and function of these areas and thus recover and / or maintain the balance between different parts of the body from a mechanical, fluidic point of view and neurological
During the first years of life many anatomical, physiological and psychological changes occur at high speed. As it is a stage in constant development, the organism will be affected by internal and external influences.
Osteopathy is very indicated in infants and children because it can detect bodily dysfunctions before they become a major problem, that is, it acts from the point of view of prevention, and also works on established pathologies. The techniques used in osteopathic treatment in infants and children are gentle, specific and safe.
The indications in the field of pediatrics are:
In the baby:
- Review at birth
- Crying and irritability
- Colic, regurgitation, resentment
- Suction problems
- Sleep disturbances
- Cranial asymmetries (plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, scaphocephaly) and postural
- Congenital torticollis
- Alterations in crawling and / or gait
In the children’s stage:
- Otitis, sinusitis and respiratory problems (bronchiolitis, bronchitis) recurrence
- Problems in the alignment of the lower extremities (genu varo-valgus, tibial torsions)
- Alterations in the march
In the school stage:
- Back discomfort, postural alterations and deviations (scoliosis)
- Growth pains
- Problems in dental occlusion (accompanying the work of dentists, before and during orthodontics)
In the field of pediatrics, the osteopath frequently works in synergy with other health professionals also present at this stage of development such as the pediatrician, the dentist, the optometrist, the speech therapist, the podiatrist, the breastfeeding consultant, .. Thus carrying out a multidisciplinary approach to achieve better results.