Treating Colic, Reflux and Digestive Issues with Osteopathy

As any Mum or Dad knows, a baby with colic, reflux or any kind of digestive issues can be distressing for both parent and child – but can osteopathy help to soothe these symptoms? And if so, how does it work?

Working from our clinic in North Leeds, our Osteopaths have years of experience in helping to treat colic in babies so that everyone can relax and get some rest. Visiting our clinic is simple – we’re located on Street Lane, with ample parking and easy connections to Leeds and Harrogate. We promote a welcoming, calm environment, suitable for babies and young children.

Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy can be incredibly effective, treating any issue in a gentle and non-invasive way, often without the need for medications and other interventions.


What causes Colic?

The symptoms of colic usually appear in babies aged between 2 weeks old and 6 months, and include near-constant and intense crying (especially after eating and during evening hours); fitful sleep; and a bloated tummy. Babies experiencing colic may also pull their knees towards their stomach, and arch their backs.

Colic can be characterised or caused by various issues that are triggered during the birthing process, or issues experienced through the 4th trimester. These can include:

  • Irritable gut/digestive issues
  • Tongue-tied babies or latching/feeding issues
  • Reflux
  • Intolerance to lactose
  • Constipation
  • Forceps, ventouse or spatula assisted delivery
  • Emergency c-sections
  • Birthing pressure on the baby’s head or body


How can Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy Help to Treat Colic?

Many digestive issues in babies have their root cause traced back to musculoskeletal or cranial problems which can start in the womb, or be created or exacerbated through childbirth. For example, issues caused during childbirth that affected the jaw, neck, skull, diaphragm, shoulders, spine or throat can all have a knock-on effect on the child’s ability to feed, causing further problems as they develop. If your baby isn’t comfortable or relaxed while feeding, it can have a knock-on effect that may lead to colic.

An Osteopath experienced in Paediatric Care will use a variety of techniques to identify any key issues, and administer targeted treatment via very subtle and gentle movements, to relax tensions and release or repair issues causing colic, reflux, digestive and other feeding problems.


Some Key Issues Osteopaths Look For

During our own Paediatric Osteopathy clinics, we see many colicky babies whose issues are caused by a few common issues, such as:

  • Neck and mouth tension – causing excessive air swallowing and poor suckling while feeding
  • A compressed or tender vagus nerve – directly impacts the digestive systems and is believed to cause colic
  • Cranial issues caused by a traumatic childbirth
  • Cranial issues caused by the skull plates not settling correctly after birth
  • Diaphragm torsion caused during birth
  • General tension – after a long or difficult birth, stress may cause tension which can be released through calming Osteopathy techniques


Want to Give Osteopathy a Whirl to Try and Help Your Baby Escape from Colic?

We have specially trained Paediatric Osteopaths in Leeds who have great success rates in treating babies with colic, reflux and other digestive issues – and it can be used to ease various symptoms in older children too. For more information on our services, visit our page on Paediatric Osteopathy.

We’re always happy to have a chat, or if you’d like to book you and your baby in to see one of our Osteopaths, contact the Good Health Centre now on 0113 237 1173, or book an appointment online. Any parent will receive a 50% discount off their initial appointment (upon a fully-priced consultation for your baby).

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