As an osteopath we can diagnose each patient’s problem, relieve acute pain and help with chronic problems. We will teach you how to do specific exercises, focus your exercises to prevent pain and make you stronger. However… as I keep reminding my patients…you need to actually do your exercises. Sometimes we all need a little encouragement…
I loved the following article written by an athlete Pete Hitzeman. It gave me motivation that I should be more focused and work a little harder….on my own exercise! It is highly motivational and I hope it will give many of you the same sense of determination and uplift that I felt after reading it.
Headaches are common in children from toddler age through to adolescence. There are many causes for chronic headaches in children, most commonly they are due to postural problems or they are the result of minor accidents during sport or a fall.
Teenagers frequently suffer headaches and migraines may also start at this time. Postural issues are very common due to their speedy growth and their many hours of screen use! Orthodontic work may also cause headaches especially after braces are tightened.
In younger children causes of headaches that are common are problems with vision, blocked paranasal sinuses or Eustachian tube in the middle ear often caused by a common cold.
Diet and fluid intake must also be taken into consideration especially if your child is particularly active.
What to look out for
In toddlerhood and early childhood it may be difficult for your child to communicate how they are feeling. Look for signs that are out of character such as excessive crying and holding their head or head banging. Children will often become withdrawn when they are suffering and they may display reluctance to interact or socialise. Fatigue, nausea and inclination to be in a darkened room are also signs of head pain and may indicate a migraine headache.
How can Osteopathy help?
If your child is complaining of headaches or eliciting signs they may be suffering, examination and diagnosis is important to find out why your child is experiencing pain. Osteopathic treatment for headaches in children is similar to that of an adult but more gentle. A full case history is taken and examination is carried out to assess your child’s posture, muscle tone and joint movement. A combination of cranial, articulatory and soft tissue techniques are used to encourage the release of stresses and strains that may be causing your child’s pain. Osteopathic techniques can be used to reduce muscular tone in the neck and base of the skull. It can also help drain sinuses and unblock the eustachian tube (the small tube that connects the back of the nose to the middle ear). Treatment of the jaw and the surrounding muscles can also be effective in helping to alleviate pain and postural advice will be given. Postural and exercise advice should give some long term relief.
If your child needs to be assessed please contact the practice to make an appointment.
Simone and Mark and the rest of the team have worked for many years with babies and children who have been born at St. Mary’s or who have needed their expert care.
Over the last 20 years we have excellent working relationships with many of the doctors and consultants there. They really need your help with increasing the size of the intensive care unit so that more families and children can be helped and that existing families have more privacy. Please have a look at the following video: https://vimeo.com/140047364
MyBaba is a website blog that parents often mention to us. It carries articles from experts in their field and when Simone was asked to contribute, she decided to write about Plagiocephaly. It’s still a subject that should draw far more attention and one that Simone feels many parents should know far more about. You can read her article here:
More information can be found about how we can help you at http://www.kaneandross.co.uk
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Recently tongue tie was brought to widespread attention by an article on the BBC News website. It is something that we commonly see and treat babies for in the practice. Mothers often bring their babies in for other symptoms and have been unable to diagnose tongue tie.
Symptoms may often include:
– A baby who is crying a lot
– Sore nipples
– A baby who wants to feed all the time and never feels satisfied at the breast
– Distension of the gut from wind
– Poor weight gain
– Clicking when feeding
– A baby unable to stick its tongue over the bottom lip
– When the baby is crying the tongue is often in a boat shape
Symptoms such as these are very distressing for a new mother and her new baby
To diagnose tongue tie, wash your hands and make sure your nails are short. Put your finger in the baby’s mouth and slide your finger under the baby’s tongue. You should be able get your finger at least 1.5cm back under the tongue and slide it across to the other side. Your baby should also be able to stick their tongue out over their bottom lip.
The tongue is a group of muscles and the babies with less severe tongue ties can be treated in the clinic with osteopathic techniques. Treatment involves exercises for the carers to do at home and hands on osteopathic treatment to treat the musculature of the tongue itself. Mothers say that after a couple of treatments the symptoms of sore nipples, colic and clicking are often reduced. The more severe ones may need a frenulectomy (cutting). We do not do this at our clinic but can refer you to a suitable physician for a frenulectomy.
Babies with tongue tie may also have a restricted neck movement and always sleep to one side. Please await our next blog….
National press, including the BBC, last week promoted a report advocating that office workers should sit in a ‘slouched back’ position. This is said to relieve pressure on the back.
Although this new recommended slouched position may unload the spine, most people have a tendency to slip down causing increased pressure on the posterior ligaments, resulting in back pain.
As Simone says, ‘The trouble is, this position will cause you to slouch eventually, stretching the posterior muscles of the lower back. It will almost certainly result in long term instability and support for your lumbar spine’
So what is the right way to sit? We advise tilting the base of your chair forward to put your pelvis in a good sitting position which makes the angle approximately 120 degrees. Do make sure that your screen and keyboard are aligned and directly in front of you. You should also get up and walk around every 30 minutes.
More information can be found about how we can help you at www.kaneandross.co.uk
BBC News has commented on the problems of hip dysplasia in babies who are swaddled. The problem with this is if your baby is much more settled when they are swaddled, what should you do? For those babies who are much more content swaddled and sleep better you can still swaddle the top half of their bodies tightly but leave the legs and hips so they can move around. It is usually the arms that wake the baby up.
So wrap the top half of their bodies as you normally would, tucking in the blanket and securing the arms.
Then take the lower half of the blanket, just gently wrap the legs, the baby should be able to move them and lift the knees up. Twist the bottom of the blanket and either gentle tuck in under the baby’s legs or wrap around the legs. You should be able to see the baby’s legs move.
The video at this link demonstrates the swaddling technique we advise you to use.
More information can be found about how we can help you at www.kaneandross.co.uk
The Little Style Book is a website that our patients often mention. As well as being a popular style guide for mothers and babies, it carries articles from experts in their field on diet, exercise and health matters more generally.
When Simone was asked by the website to provide an article, she decided to write one on Plagiocephaly. It’s a subject that should draw far more attention and one that Simone feels mothers particularly should know far more about. You can read it here: