CHILDREN

Gentle osteopathic treatment for children and infants

Alison has considerable experience in Paediatric Osteopathy, having trained and worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London where she qualified as a Paediatric Osteopath with a post-graduate diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy.  During the five years she spent there she saw some of the most complex paediatric cases and she has been able to bring this experience to her practice to help children as well as adults.  


Children at Hammersmith OsteopathPostural Assessments

The carrying of heavy school bags, playing musical instruments and sitting at computers for long periods can affect a child's posture.  It is advisable to have an osteopathic examination at regular intervals, as it is far easier to correct minor misalignments in the spine early on.  If your child is complaining of pain or you notice a spinal curvature developing, do not ignore it; have them checked. However, your child does not have to be in pain to have a postural assessment. Posture can be improved for children and adults, and Alison can give advice on how to maintain good posture and avoid physical strain.
 

Ergonomic Assessments

Alison offers osteopathic ergonomic assessments in your own home she can assess your child in his or her environment to check they are sitting correctly at their computer or lap top, check hobby areas, and musical practice. 


Musical Performance and Practice

Alison specialises in treating performing artists.  The playing and carrying of musical instruments can cause strain especially if the instrument is one sided such as the violin or the flute.   She treats musicians and actors both amateur and professional and also gives advice on helping to prevent injuries. Alison is a registered practitioner of the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).

Osteopathy can help as a primary treatment or, in some cases alongside medical treatment. Alison will assess your child and will advise if another form of treatment would be more beneficial for your child in which case she will suggest you see your GP or other appropriate specialist.

What to bring and what to expect at the consultation.

Please bring details of the birth history, medical history, details of any physical trauma and results of any medical investigations, scans or xrays whether or not they are related to the current condition. 

A detailed case history will be taken, your child will usually need to undress to the underwear to be examined.  
Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.