Meridian Osteopath Children’s Clinic
Meridian Osteopath is an informal, relaxing, and friendly environment for you and your family to visit. We have books, toys and crayons for colouring should they be needed whilst your child is visiting us.
Why do we need a children’s clinic?
From the rigours of birth to the challenges of adolescence, childhood is a time of great change. Children’s’ bodies have to adapt to constant growth, and development brings unique challenges at every stages not to mention all the bumps and bruises along the way.
The aim of osteopathic treatment is to optimise your child’s ability to express health. Osteopathy is a hands-on approach to healthcare that focuses on the importance of physical comfort and ease of movement for health and wellbeing. This involves an osteopath using their hands gently to allow injuries and strains to soften and relax. Circulation is restored, waste products are removed and pain is relieved.
What to expect
Your osteopath will start by asking questions about your child’s symptoms, as well as of the pregnancy, birth, development and general health. The more information shared, the better we can understand the problem.
The next stage will be the examination and assessment. This will start with observation of movement and posture which may require your child to undress partially for the osteopath to observe posture and movements. The osteopath will also palpate (feel) the tension in different musculoskeletal structures. If indicated, the osteopath may perform other clinical examinations and tests such as taking reflexes, listening to the lungs or looking in the ears.
The osteopath will then share their observations and diagnosis with you and agree a treatment plan.
Treatment usually starts at the first visit. Young children will generally play or be read to during treatment and babies will usually lie down, be held or fed.
Following treatment your osteopath will make recommendations for follow-up treatments and/or onward referrals to other medical facilities when advisable. Where appropriate, osteopathic management can also include advice on diet, and prescribed stretches and exercises.
Siblings and other family members are welcome to attend the appointment.
Osteopaths train for many years and then undertake extensive post-graduate work to ensure safe and effective treatment for babies and children. At Meridian Osteopath, our specialist paediatric osteopaths trained and worked at the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy, a dedicated children’s charity and clinic in London which provides safe and effective osteopathic care for babies, children and perinatal women. As well as working at the Foundation’s osteopathy clinic, our osteopaths worked in NHS premature baby units and on hospital paediatric wards.