Osteopathy is a safe therapy for patients of all ages, including children. Our experienced osteopaths Doug Olson, Aisha Mir and Simon Barnard run children’s osteopathy clinics at the Good Health Centre Monday to Saturday inclusive.
In this blog post, we look at how osteopathy treatments can help growing children and teenagers.
From aches, pains and posture problems in older children to teenagers’ rapid growth and hormonal changes, osteopaths are skilled in detecting areas of tension or strain in the body that are causing a child discomfort. Osteopaths understand the various demands on a growing child’s body and can help with many different problems associated with this.
Osteopaths believe that imbalances, strains and restrictions in the musculoskeletal framework of the growing child cannot only cause discomfort but can impact normal growth and development in a number of ways. Osteopaths focus on ensuring that a child’s musculoskeletal framework is physically comfortable and balanced, rather than merely treating a single condition.
Of course, each child is unique and our osteopaths consider the whole child in their initial examination and treatment plan, which is tailored to the individual child.
Many of the children Simon sees come to his clinics after falls or injuries. Minor falls are common in children, of course, but occasionally they can upset the physical balance of a child’s body. Simon finds that he can help improve children’s quality of movement with gentle treatments to their muscles and joints.
More information about osteopathy treatments for children and teens is available in our Child & Teenager leaflet – ask our reception team for a copy.
No one knows a child better than their parent. If you are concerned about your child, notice changes in their general health or well-being that do not have an obvious medical cause, or they start to complain of pain, make an appointment for them at one of Simon’s children’s osteopathy clinics – call us on 0113 237 1173 or get in touch.
In 1998, Doug graduated with First Class Honours from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy (now known as the British College of Osteopathic Medicine) in London. After working in London for a year, Doug decided to move to Yorkshire in 1999 for a better quality of life, and he started to work with Amittai Sevi at the Good Health Centre in Leeds. Since that time Doug has helped develop the practice and has enjoyed working with a wide variety of patients.
Aisha graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Osteopathic Medicine, and a diploma in Naturopathy. She has been working abroad in East Africa, and Malaysia, and has recently relocated to back to the UK.
Simon qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1987. Since then he has worked in many locations and currently works at the Good Health Centre on Wednesday and Saturdays. Simon is also an osteopathy tutor at Leeds Beckett University.