Osteopathy for Children

Osteopaths believe that imbalances, strains and restrictions in the musculoskeletal framework of the growing child can cause discomfort, and affect growth and development. Using a highly trained sense of touch to detect and release areas of tension, or structural imbalance, osteopaths can help children develop in a balanced and healthy way. This can help children achieve their full potential.

Common problems for Children

Because children are naturally active, they often have minor falls, which can upset the physical balance of the body. Growing pains may also be aggravated by minor falls, which can strain or twist the muscles, ligaments and bones. Areas of imbalance or asymmetry in the body, which may have been present since birth, can be exaggerated during growth spurts.

Children may complain of aches and pains in different parts of their bodies. Even when children don’t complain, there may be signs in their behaviour that may indicate they are physically uncomfortable.


Like adults, children can also suffer from emotional stress. When tired or tense, children can become more irritable and have emotional outbursts. Stress is also known to deplete the immune system, and this can make children more vulnerable to infection.

How Osteopathy can help your child

Osteopathic assessment can often detect areas of tension or strain that are causing children pain. By releasing any physical tensions, osteopaths can often help to relieve aches and pains.

Osteopathic treatment can also help children feel better and more relaxed, and this can help their moods become more even.

Osteopaths focus on ensuring that the child’s body is physically comfortable and balanced, and not on treating conditions. Because osteopaths understand the various demands on the immature body of the growing child, they can help with many of the different problems these can cause.