Infant Osteopath Edmonton
The practice of Infant osteopathy, Edmonton, has grown in popularity over the last few decades as individuals are trying a more holistic approach to medicine. When a baby is born, the birthing process is not without risks and potential side effects to the baby. There are times when the baby’s body physically shows signs of having slight trauma caused by birth. This trauma can be corrected with infant osteopathy and the body’s natural healing processes..
Osteopathic Therapy for Children
The human body was designed to be a fluidly moving and working organism. However, there are times when muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissue within the body restrict this flow. A Manual Osteopathic Therapist uses very fine tuned palpation skills to find the source of tension or the root cause of imbalances within the body followed by gentle touch to rebalance the infant’s body.
For babies, the process of birth can be an intense experience. The bones in the skull are, by nature, not fully formed and fused prior to delivery. This allows movement in the skull for easier delivery. A Manual Osteopathic Therapist has been trained to gently relieve tension caused by compression of the bones in the head through cranial osteopathy and CranioSacral Therapy.
Paediatric Manual Osteopathic Therapists combine craniosacral therapy with visceral manipulation, as well as other modalities to treat the body as a whole.
At Pine Cone Health, we believe that every child should be assessed following birth to evaluate for any issue that may have arisen during the birthing process. When working on babies, the treatment methods we use are gentle and relaxing for the body. Our goal is overall total body health through gently manipulating tissues to bring about balance and self-healing.
Paediatric Osteopaths provide gentle therapeutic treatments to relieve your child’s pain and discomfort.
What are some signs that an osteopathic provider should evaluate a baby?
Baby prefers one breast over the other
Baby is having a difficult time feeding from a breast or bottle
Baby turns their head one way more than the other or keeps their head and neck turned or flexed one way
Baby’s head/face doesn’t look symmetrical
Baby is having bowel movements fewer than 5x/week
Baby appears uncomfortable
Baby wants to stay curled up in fetal position and seems unable to stretch out
Baby wants to stay stretched out and feels rigid
Baby has colic
Baby experienced a traumatic birth
Baby has oral restrictions/tongue tie
Baby’s body makes a “C” shape when laying on their back or front
Benefits of Infant Osteopathy
Infants are known to cry to get needs met. When it comes to hunger or pain, this crying is the only way the baby has to alert their caretaker that they need help. However, many babies spend hours being “fussy” due to acid reflux, digestive issues, ear infections, and other ailments that stop them from sleeping properly. Infant osteopathy opens up and loosens the areas restricting the proper flow of fluid throughout the body. Some benefits include relief from:
- Feeding difficulties
- Acid reflux
- Sleep issues
- Recurrent ear infections
- Tension from tongue tie
- Unexplainable discomfort
Babies receiving treatment are typically happier, healthier, and overall less fussy.
Meet the Edmonton Pediatric Osteopathy Team
Manual Osteopathic Therapist
Feeding challenges/ tongue tie restrictions
- Reflux and Digestive challenges
Carrie, “The Baby Osteo”, is a Manual Osteopathic Therapist who started as a Massage Therapist. She graduated from the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada and the Alberta College of Massage Therapy, both with Honours with Distinction and is part of ACMT’s faculty.
She has always had a passion for helping people and problem solving- the perfect combo for this career!
When she’s not working, she’s spending time with her 3 kids and dog and planning her next kayaking adventure with her partner.
Philosophy & Style:
Carrie is a facilitator of healing. She believes that our bodies want to be healthy and balanced and are always trying to communicate what they need. It’s her job to listen to your body and give it the helping hand necessary to return to health and balance. Carrie’s holistic approach aims to find the root cause of the issue and treat it in a gentle, long-lasting way. Her skills allow her to treat all stages of life, but she does have a special interest in moms and babies.
Qualifications & Treatment Modalities:
- Manual Osteopathic Therapist
- Registered Massage Therapist
- Paediatric Osteopathic Apprenticeship
- Tethered Oral Tissues in Osteopathy
- CranioSacral Therapy for Cranial Nerves
- CranioSacral Therapy for Conception, Pregnancy, & Birth
- CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatiatrics
- Somato Emotional Release
- Access Consciousness: Access the Bars
- Usui Ryoho Reiki, Levels 1-3
If you are looking for an amazing Manual Osteopathic Therapist, look no further than Pine Cone Health. Our Osteopathic treatment options do a fantastic job of assisting your children to be the healthiest versions of themselves.
We are an integrated health clinic with many practitioners to help with your child’s journey of well-being.
Please contact us with any questions about our Infant Osteopathic services or book your appointment online with us today.
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