Treating Children at Premier Osteo Health & Wellness Centre
Many children will suffer with injuries as it is a part of growing up. Whatever you think might be going on, NEVER ignore persistent pain in a child, as there are specific & serious diseases to this age group which have to be excluded.
Sports injuries or falling off a playground are typical causes of concussion in children. The symptoms can range from very mild to severe and are often associated with headaches, irritability, tiredness, visual problems, behavioral, cognition and memory issues. Initially, it is important to get your child checked by a doctor or emergency clinic if they are showing any signs of concussion.
How Premier Osteo Can Help Your Concussion Injuries Premier Osteopathy has a role to play in the child's recovery by removing any structural restrictions in the head and neck that are maintaining the injury and delaying healing. Additionally, our osteopaths will help to coordinate your child's return to activity to prevent further injury as the recovery time is dependent on the extent of the injury and can be from a few weeks to
Sports & Play Injuries
Kids will be kids - fearless! Injuries are an inevitable part of growing up, whether on the playground, at home, or the sports field. In most cases your child or teenager will miraculously bounce back and recover, but persistent pain should not be ignored.The reasons why you should get you child checked out:
Children's bodies, bones and joints are still developing. Prolonged injury and compensations for that injury can worsen or have longer term knock-on effects - even into adulthood.
Children involved in competitive sports from an earlier age with intense training can lead to painful physical strains which, left untreated, can put a stop to what your child or young teenager enjoys most
A pain that refuses to go away could have a more serious underlying causes. For example, there are aggressive forms of bone cancer that target younger age groups.
How Premier Osteo Can Help Your Sports & Play Injuries Premier osteopaths will perform a in-depth assessment to identify any underlying problems with your child's mechanics that may not have been corrected. We will decide whether further investigation such as X-rays or surgery is needed and refer the child if necessary. In the vast majority of cases no referral will be needed and we can then work to relieve any strains in the joint or soft tissues to get the healing going. We use long hands-on treatment addressing all the problems all problems contributing to the pain.The good news is that most kids do not need much treatment before they're right to go off and injure themselves again!
Growing pains are due to the mismatch between the rate of muscle growth and the rate of bone growth. For example, Osgood Schlatter’s in the knees and Sever's in the heels. Growing pains often start immediately before bedtime although often they occur later in the night. Children can wake complaining of severe pains in their limbs – mostly in their legs. Usually these are in the front of the thighs, calves or behind the knees. Usually, both legs hurt.
How Premier Osteo Can Help Your Growing Pains Our osteopaths can work to stretch out and loosen the muscles, which will help the problem considerably and help you to manage you child's busy life to get better as quickly as possible. We will assess if there are any other factors contributing to the problem (such as weak foot arches), or an imbalance in the pelvis or a long leg, all of which can add pressure to the painful knees or heels.
Headaches, Spine and Joint Problems
It is uncommon for children to complain of headaches, back or joint pain. If there has not been an obvious trauma or cause, they should firstly be examined by a General Practitioner. Assuming that no pathological cause is found for the headaches, back or joint pain then osteopathy is usually very successful at eliminating these problems. They are commonly caused by sprains, strains or tight musculature throughout in the body.
How Premier Osteo Can Help Your Headaches & Back Pain Premier Osteopathy can help your child's pain by using gentle treatment to relax these tight muscles or to correct any joint strains.
Posture, School & Modern Technology
Most schools don't pay that much attention to decent furniture, putting your child into slouched posture over a desk or computer screen for many hours. They are often carrying heavy back packs. Taller or more self conscious kids will often hunch down as if to try and become less visible. Then your child will often spend hours slumped over doing homework, on computers, gaming or mobile devices.
How Premier Osteo + Physio Can Help With Postural Pain For optimum health, our spine and joint need a variety of movement in lots of different directions. Without this movement stiffness and pain can be expected. Injury is also more likely if a very inactive child does something physical. The good news is that this age group usually requires much less treatment than adults to get them back to being pain free. Two or three sessions will be enough in many cases.
Home exercises can often help with recovery and preventing pain, but most kids will usually need a bit of incentive or badgering to get them to do stretches or exercises. If that's the case, having mum or dad to do them at the same time will often help.
For children between 6 month to 4 years of age one of the most common reasons to consult an Osteopath is for chronic ear infections or glue ear. A major cause of ear infections in children is being given a bottle of milk or formula while lying down. The milk can collect in the eustation tubes (ducts from the middle ear to the back of the throat) and become infected.
How Premier Osteo + Physio Can Help Ear Infection If you find that your child is in a cycle of ear infections and antibiotics being prescribed, then Premier Osteopathy may help to break this pattern by ensuring that mechanical obstructions to the drainage of the eustation tubes are removed.
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