We’re not exactly talking crisis levels here, but a significant number of children suffer stress and trauma during birth – and, without treatment, those issues can lead to problems during school age.
Osteopathic treatment can bring about significant improvement in these cases, and has particular success in treating the problems suffered by premature babies. These babies inevitably suffer stresses and trauma during birth and then further stress from the equipment that needs to be used to stabilise their condition.
But, untreated, distortions to the head can continue to hinder the growth and development of a child’s brain as it grows older. The child’s behaviour may be volatile, and they may have problems with co-ordination and physical development. They may be vulnerable to chronic ear infections, glue ear, headaches, growing pains and stomach aches. They may be habitual mouth breathers, and suffer from developmental problems such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The child’s posture may suffer too, with the head being held on one side, or one shoulder held higher than the other.
During the teenage years, the body frame undergoes a number of changes. Problems may occur because of an exaggerated spinal curve or because of mechanical changes that occur through osteochondritis – a self-limiting condition that causes a distortion of the bone. Other problems are caused by sporting and recreational activities that carry the risk of sprains and strains.
If these problems are left undiagnosed and untreated they can worsen in later life. If a teacher gets the chance to intervene, then it’s worth bearing in mind that the work I do, osteopathy, can help (referral through a general practitioner is the best way to find a good osteopath). We can can help the body frame adjust to the postural demands made on it and by analysing, treating and managing problems associated with growth, an osteopath can make a major contribution to ensuring that young people stay fit and healthy.