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Osteopathy in Babies

December 20, 2016
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BREE – “Blake is in good hands,” Kim Clijsters said on Instagram yesterday. She also posted a photo of her four-week-old son, who is being treated by an osteopath. Kim Clijsters is by no means the only parent who goes to an osteopath with her baby: osteopathy for babies is on the rise.

Reflux, all kinds of blockages, poor sleep, developmental disorders, trauma during childbirth: young parents increasingly visit an osteopath with their baby.

“Osteopathy is still not recognized. We are still in the corner of alternative medicine, but there is nothing mysterious about it," says an osteopath from Bree, where Kim Clijsters also visited with Blake. “Osteopathy is based on biomechanics and physiology. Every Flemish person has come into contact with osteopathy at some point, so we are seeing more and more babies. It is important that parents first visit the pediatrician with their baby, that a thorough examination has been carried out and that certain pathologies have been excluded. What remains are often functional disorders. It is not a disease, but there are complaints.”

“A baby with digestive problems, a flat head, a neck that doesn't turn properly, reflux caused by a certain blockage. Some mothers also visit their child as a preventive measure earlier, as we also see athletes preventively. A lot can go wrong during pregnancy and childbirth, which can cause movement blocks: babies that are breech, stargazers (a baby that is born with its nose up instead of down, ed.) or a caesarean section .”

An osteopath looks for where the movement limitations are. “An osteopath is known to everyone as a squatter, but that is not the technique we use with a baby. With a baby we use very gentle fascial techniques. The response in babies is very fast. Often there is already a result after one time and it is OK after two or three treatments.”

“We see most babies after a few weeks, when the pediatrician says there is nothing wrong, but parents feel that something is wrong. In principle, it can be done from day one. In foreign hospitals, the pediatrician first checks the vital functions, followed by the osteopath for the osteopathic check.






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