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The Osteopathic Treatment Of Babies And Children

The treatment of babies and children is central to the ethos of my practice. I was first treated myself by an Osteopath when I was about 12 years old - it made a huge impact on my health and well-being helping me to recover from a longstanding (M.E. like) illness. It was at that point that I decided that Osteopathy and "body work" generally were to be my life's work. It was all ways entirely natural therefore to me to work with children and babies. I love to treat babies and children - they are such fun for a start! Cranial Osteopathy is incredibly gentle which makes it ideal for the treatment of babies and children with their very soft, delicate bodies. I work with babies and children where I find them - on parents laps, on the floor, sitting up or lying down - you have to be flexible both in technique and in body to treat children. And that's half the fun for me! I'm not one for standing on ceremony and being "too dignified" to get on the floor with a toddler and their toy train to treat them - if the child is comfy and happy the session is going to be better.

I'm always aware as I write these sections for the website that the treatment of an individual is the important thing - not the "type" of person or the name of a "disease" or a "condition" - that is the essential aspect of Holistic Medicine that makes it so different from the so called Conventional Medicine that we mostly come across in the UK. (I say so called because Conventional Medicine is really quite a new concept - only a couple of hundred years really - and is limited to the West. It is not the only way to understand and treat health and ill-health!) I always work to help the individual to achieve their potential in their own best way, based on my understanding and 26 years of practice of the tradition of Osteopathic Medicine.

Many babies unfortunately have quite a traumatic time being born. They get stuck, they get squished and squashed, they get pulled out with forceps and ventouse delivery methods. It just shows how resilient babies are that they can go through all that and often be non the worse for wear. On the other hand sometimes the traumas of their births can affect babies in a myriad of ways. Our skulls are quite different as adults from how they were when we were born. We are born with spaces between the bones of the skull which allow the skull and head to be really squeezed, compressed and moulded in a most remarkable way during birth. Usually as soon as we are born we take our first, really huge, massively inflating breath and the pressure this generates in the chest helps to "inflate" the head - pushing out all the compression and squashedness that has accumulated in the head during the birth. Sometimes though the head has been compressed very unevenly and needs more than that first breath to help it on its way. When the compression of the skull is left untreated it has traditionally been thought that this can sometimes lead to a wide range of problems. There is relatively little research about osteopathy and cranial ostepathy. Generally "orthodox'" research focusses on conditions and it presuposes that all the people with the condition are identical and then seeks to treat the condition in a variety of ways and compare how well each technique appeared to work. You cannot do this with a holistic therapy that looks at how to help this individual to be more healthy. This means that I can't give you a list of conditions that I can definately help with - but my experience as an osteopath with 26 years of clinical practice is that osteopathy is often helpful with a whole gamut of very varied so called conditions - because it adresses how the individual has come to this point and helps the body to find its way as far back to health as that individaul can mannage.

The Theoretical Framework

The following gives an overview of how I think about the way that the stresses and strains in the body can lead to symptoms - and from that how I can begin to treat the individual. This is based on the training that I received as an osteopathic student and on my many years of practice. As mentioned above there is not much orthodox research to support this and, as always, I stress that I work with individuals not conditions and I do not offer "cures".

The theoretical reason that compressions of the skull can have such far reaching consequence in an individual's health is that the skull houses the brain, the cranial nerves and the special sensory organs (eyes, nose, ears (hearing and balance) and mouth). The brain controls many of the basic processes of the body through the cranial nerves (especially the vagus). If the signals in the nerves get interfered with then the body will not work at optimum. It is one of the ways that a problem say in the base of the skull potentially could upset distant body systems - through the nerves. Other nerves work more locally and may upset the function of the body more locally. Purely mechanically, if the bones of the skull are not free to move - the drainage of the spaces within them (sinuses and inner ear) maynot be optimum.

I mentioned the role of a baby's very first breath in helping the infant skull to shuck off any compressions arising from the birth that it can. Often though we do not take our first breath in a very relaxed or ideal environment. We are often born into bright lights, noise and busy people milling through the room or can even be born by caesarean section which is a huge shock to the baby in itself. In these less than ideal circumstances the baby's first breath is often hurried, tight and shallow. The tension of that first panicked breath is often held in the abdomen and diaphragm muscle from that point on. On a purely mechanical leval the diaphragm moving up and down in the body with breathing lifts and moves the organs of the abdomen and the chest thousands and thousands of times a day. It is logical that if this movement is not happening as it should it would impact on the health of those organs. There are many nerves coming out of the spine around the lower ribs and where the diaphragm muscle attaches into the front of the spine - these nerves can conceptually be interfered with if the diaphragm holds undue tension. The nerves in this area have a huge role in the proper, smooth functioning many complex internal processes in our bodies. There are traditional osteopathic techniques aimed at freeing these tensions in the body.

I treat babies, children and young people at both of the clinics - in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and in Northwood, Middlesex. Generally at any one time about a quarter to a third of my patients will be babies and children. If a baby or child can be helped to optimum health now then they can hopefully enjoy better life-long health. If you want to ask a question you can get in touch by email David Kellett DO, Franklin Method Teacher or by telephoing the receptionists at either clinic and asking them to get me to call you back between appointments.

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Osteopathic sessions take place at the two clinics where David Kellett sees patients - 118 Whinbush Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1PN 01462 438622 and 28 Hallowell Road, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 1DW, 01923 827833. Workshops are held in David's studio at 33 High Street, Graveley, Hertfordshire SG4 7LA. David also offers individual or small group Franklin Method or other movement work sessions which are tailored to the clients needs. These individual sessions are great for children as well as adults. There are stairs to the studio so we are  sorry that there is not full disabled access. Please telephone David on 01462 438622 or email him at David Kellett DO, Franklin Method Teacher to book or for further information. People come a long way to see me sometimes (Hong Kong and Bombay have been the longest journeys so far!! - long story..........) but mostly people travel fairly locally. The Hitchin practice is easy to get to from anywhere in Herts like Letchworth Stevenage, Baldock, Royston, Welwyn, Hatfield, Hertford, Bedfordshire - like Luton, Dunstable and Bedford. and even further afield like Cambridge. The Northwood practice is easily accessible via the underground from London (Metropolitan Line), Harrow, Stanmore, Ruislip, Pinner, Watford and Hemel Hempstead.

If you would like to discuss something before making an appointment - you can leave a message with the receptionists at the telephone numbers above or you can email me David Kellett DO, Franklin Method Teacher . For appointments it is best to contact the receptionists by phone.

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