Painless, effective, and without side effects, Osteopathic manipulation is an excellent treatment for many diseases of infancy and childhood. Plagiocephaly (Abnormally shaped head):
Gentle manipulation can help the head achieve a normal shape, often avoiding the need for reshaping helmets. If a helmet is needed, the treatment will improve the overall outcome.
Colic and Reflux:
A major nerve that controls stomach movement (the Vagus nerve) can be pinched as it emerges from the base of the skull. This can lead to poor digestion and colic. Osteopathic manipulation is able to gently release the compression on the nerve, which improves digestive function.
The nerves that control colon function emerge from the bottom of the spine and tailbone. Manipulation will relieve restrictions on the nerves to enhance bowel function.
Manipulation can release any impingement on the Eustachian tubes which drain the inner ear. Once the ear is able to drain, the body's immune system will be able to handle the infection. This eliminates the need for tubes.
Several forms of Scoliosis will straighten with the employment of Osteopathic Manipulation. It is also used preventatively for children with a family history of scoliosis.
Manipulation can lessen the number and severity of asthma episodes by addressing the upper thoracic spine, as this helps open the air tubes.