How Osteopaths can help with Colic
Infant colic is a condition characterized by excessive crying and fussiness in otherwise healthy babies, typically occurring in the first few months of life. It can be distressing for both the baby and the parents, as the exact cause is often unknown.
Our Osteopaths can provide gentle Osteopathic techniques to babies suffering from colic. By assessing the baby’s body, we can identify areas of tension or restriction that may contribute to colic symptoms. Using gentle techniques, such as Cranial Osteopathy, our Osteopaths aim to restore balance and relieve the underlying musculoskeletal strain that may be triggering colic.
Osteopathic treatment for infant colic goes beyond the physical aspect. Osteopaths recognize the interconnection of various body systems, including the digestive and nervous systems, and how they can influence each other, for example, the Vagus Nerve. We take a holistic approach, considering factors such as the baby’s milk/formula intake, feeding patterns, and sleeping patterns. By addressing any potential imbalances in these areas, Osteopaths can help promote better digestion, reduce discomfort, and support the overall well-being of the baby.
Cranial Osteopathy for Babies: A Gentle Approach
Cranial osteopaths use gentle manual techniques while working on the cranial bones, membranes, and connective tissues in the head and spine. Cranial Osteopathy works to make sure that the body’s framework is in alignment, allowing a good blood and nerve supply to the internal organs, and relieving any tension in the muscles and bones that could be restricting these areas.
By working on the alignment and balance of the baby’s body, cranial osteopaths aim to improve the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which can have a positive impact on the overall well-being of the baby.
When a cranial osteopath works with babies, they can help alleviate the strain and compression experienced during birth, which can lead to difficulties in feeding, sleeping, and digestion. Parents often notice that their babies are calmer, sleep better, and have fewer gastrointestinal problems after our cranial osteopathic treatments.