when and what it is for

Pediatric osteopathy: when and what it is for

We know osteopathy as a valid remedy for visceral, structural, craniosacral conditions affecting adults, but when and what is the use ofpediatric osteopathy? With this definition, we mean a branch of osteopathy that deals with the treatment of children from their first days of life to prevent or remedy ailments such as gas colic and gastroesophageal reflux in the newborn, problems with ossification of some skull bones, positional plagiocephaly and myogenic torticollis or in case of problems with the lower extremities such as congenital clubfoot or constipation or sleep problems. Even if there are disturbances in behavior or symmetrical coordination of the limbs or in the different phases related to psychomotor development.

In general, it represents good practice for pregnant woman be treated during the pregnancy period and subsequently beyond the first visits to the boy or girl. Usually, the osteopath completes a training course, usually lasting three years, to specialize in the treatment of children. For each year of the three-year period, it consists of 6 seminars of 4 days each (for a total therefore of 18 seminars in the 3 years), including 3 theoretical days (8 hours each), dedicated to lectures exclusively related to pediatric osteopathy . There are also short and intense courses that involve more attendance.

Usually, the osteopathic figure is associated with shocks, low-amplitude maneuvers and very fast joint release, but in the case of pediatric osteopathy, the session lasts less and the touch is always very delicate. It requires a certain emotional charge and a certain one competence treating very young children and addressing mothers who decide to leave their “precious jewels” in the hands of an operator.

The great Viola Frymann

Advances and research in pediatric osteopathy are all due to one big woman whose name was Viola Frymann. She wanted to be a dancer, but due to an ankle injury she chose to study medicine in London. He then enrolled in osteopathy and moved to California. By deepening the visceral matter, he develops his dream and his vision, which is expressed in these words: “I envision a center for the osteopathic care of children where the problems resulting from birth can be recognized and corrected, where prevention, a fundamental aspect of osteopathic practice, can allow children to best express their potential … this is the promise of osteopathy for children“.

During his studies he meets Sutherland, the father of cranial osteopathy, he specializes and creates numerous publications that examine in depth the relationship between the disorders of the cranio-sacral mechanism and the symptoms of the newborn, he studies the rhythmic movements of the skull of the newborn . , he elaborates on the neurological development of the child and examines learning difficulties in children in the light of osteopathic theory.

His vision is concretized and realized and in 1982Osteopathic Center for Children“In San Diego, 54 th Place, still active, a reference site for research in the pediatric osteopathic field. Many osteopaths have continued with honor and passion to carry on Viola Frymann’s vision.

Advice for mothers

If your little boy or girl has sleep problems, cries and has a fluctuating or excessive appetite at certain times of the night, it may be appropriate to contact an osteopath or an osteopath. In fact, this figure plays a key role in the treatment of the cranial nerves, especially the vagus (X pair), in the case of appetite, connected to the entire pericardium, peritoneum, pleura and abdominal area due to its great expansion.

When this nerve becomes compromised due to problems that occur at the time of birth or otherwise, the child presents reflux, intestinal colic, constipation (constipation), cramps, flatulence and digestion and generally the power of the immune system is very compromised.

The same for the hypoglossal nerve (XII pair); there is one on the right and one on the left, and these two branches control the movements of the tongue and work symmetrically, so that the tongue is positioned in such a way that a perfect vacuum is created, ensuring that feeding is effective and baby drinks enough that it sink in short, it’s good.

If one of the two nerves were compressed or stretched, the tongue would work asymmetrically; this creates the conditions that, even if the baby sucks, it is usually not able to consume the amount of milk necessary to feel full.

The osteopath therefore works at the nerve level but engages with the entire fascial system, which extends from the skull to the plantar surface, includes the palate and internal organs, the visceral area and therefore his work has effects also on a somato-emotional level.

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