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Osteopathy for Children & Babies

Our osteopaths specialises in paediatrics using a combination of structural, cranial and visceral osteopathy for treating new born babies and children. They use very gentle osteopathic techniques to correct problems that could have occurred (to mum and baby) during a difficult or prolonged delivery. As the baby is pushing through the birth canal their soft skull is predisposed to a great deal of pressure that can create problems at a later date.

Many babies are born by caesarean section or using tools such as ventouse or forceps. This can  lead to tension in the neck and shoulders or altered shape of the head. A quick or prolonged delivery can also lead to problems. Normally these are resolved within the first few days as the baby starts to breathe, cry, suck and yawn. However, some babies find it a bit more difficult to release all these stresses and their tension may remain.

We treat babies with a wide range of issues such as assistance after a traumatic birth, breastfeeding and latch issues, and digestive issues. However, we are also here to support you with any concerns you may have during different stages of growth and the development of your child, right the way through to growing pains and teenage sports injuries. We are comfortable managing complex cases and recognising any symptoms that may need onward referral.

Parents bring their babies to see our Osteopaths at Wandsworth Physiotherapy and Osteopathy for:

  • A New Born Baby check up (a 6 week check up is recommended)
  • A postural assessment
  • Any digestive issues (colic, reflux, constipation or difficulty passing wind)
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty Latching and feeding
  • Plagiocephaly (flattening of the head)
  • Congenital torticolis

Ready to Make a Change?

At Wandsworth Physiotherapy & Osteopathy we're focused on getting you out of pain and back to what you love doing, from simply sitting comfortably to playing with your kids, getting back into the gym or being able to run 5k again, our expert Physiotherapists, Podiatrists & Osteopaths are here to help!

 

Please take note of our cancellation policy at the bottom of the page.

What to expect…

In your initial appointment with the osteopath you can explain the problems your child is suffering from and how it makes them feel. Your osteopath run through any relevant past medical history finding out about any medical diagnoses or medicine they take.

Next your osteopath will carry out a physical examination of your child looking at any affected areas plus carry out an assessment of relevant postures or movement patterns. Once they have carried out this assessment they will put together a treatment plan for your child or baby. Osteopaths that work with children and babies tend to look at the body from a structural and cranial  perspective, assessing their body alignment and how their spine moves and where there might be restrictions that need to be treated.

In the remaining time of your initial assessment and on subsequent treatment sessions your osteopath will carry out this treatment plan and also give you advice and exercises that you can do with your child at home. Your osteopath will endeavour to give you an accurate diagnosis, realistic expectations of how many treatments will be required and you will leave with a written diagnosing and treatment plan. Most problems can be resolved within 4 to 6 treatment sessions. On occasion your therapist may refer you and you child to a GP or consultant for a second opinion to verify the initial diagnosis and treatment plan.

  • All children and babies osteopathy assessment and treatments sessions are 1 hour

Paediatric osteopathy sessions are slightly longer than for our other osteopathy sessions. This allows time for baby to settle and adjust to this new experience.

Is Osteopathy Safe?

Osteopaths that work with children and babies use very gentle hands on techniques to help resolve their problems. Most osteopaths do not use spinal manipulation on children so you needn’t worry that they will “crack” your child’s neck or back.

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy is a form of osteopathy aiming to gently release these stresses and tension within the babies body. This is an approach where light pressure of the hands is used to find and ease the movement and rhythm of the body tissues. This way we are encouraging the body’s self-healing mechanism and corrective capabilities. The aim of all this is to improve the body’s function in a non-invasive way.

Additional information

We would appreciate it if you could bring milk or finger food with babies and toddlers, as well as a favourite toy or dummy to entertain them during the session. If you are comfortable with it, it is possible to treat your baby whilst they are being fed.

If you have any concerns about your child and want to see if paediatric osteopathy can help, or have any questions before making an appointment please call 020 3322 9455 or e-mail info@wandsworthphysiotherapy.co.uk.

Brilliant all round experience. After sustaining a marathon injury during training Wandsworth Physiotherapy managed to fit me in the next day and was back up and running within 2 weeks after three 30 minute sessions. Gave me exercises to go away and do in my own time too so felt like I was making the most of their and my time too.

Marina Williams

These guys are fantastic! Really quick to reply and they found me an appointment on the same day. I've since had regular treatments with Alessio who is excellent, and my torn IT band, shoulder and other ailments are much improved. Brilliant for both sports injuries and wellness.

Gerry Sweetland

Booked an appointment for the same day on a Saturday. Adele has been very welcoming and helpful, providing useful advice as well as efficient treatment. Great local clinic, will definitely come back and recommend.

Jean Reverdy

Steve was excellent. Long term/complex shoulder injury treated over a number of sessions - patient, curious and methodical. Great treatments and programme of exercises and I'm back to pain free swimming.

~ Nick Outlaw

I've been several times for several different problems and Steve has always been excellent. He listens really carefully and asks good questions to find out exactly what's wrong, and is very clear with follow-up exercises to continue the therapy at home. Highly recommend him!

Vanessa Harriss

Meet The Team

Andreas

Andreas

Osteopath
& Massage Therapist

Beatrice

Beatrice

Osteopath & Women's
Health Specialist

Christina

Christina

Chartered Physiotherapist
& Massage Therapist

Jack

Jack

Podiatrist
 

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Kim Stanford

Senior Chartered Physiotherapist
 

Steve

Steve

Chartered Physiotherapist
& Nutritional Therapist 

wilson

Wilson Mbutu

Senior Physiotherapist
 

Ermelinda

Ermelinda

Massage Therapist
 

Shruti-Srivastava
Shruti Srivastava

Massage Therapist
 

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Anna

Clinical Administrator
& Receptionist

Chara
Chara

Clinical Administrator
& Receptionist

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Kitti Perlaki

Clinical Administrator & Receptionist
 

Melinda-Bernath
Melinda Bernath

Clinical Administrator & Receptionist
 

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Ursula

Clinical Administrator & Receptionist
 

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Get In Touch

Request a call back - tell us about your problem… if you’re not sure what physiotherapy or osteopathy are and whether they can help your problem request a call back from one of our expert therapists. We can listen to your problem and let you know if we can help... just leave your details using the contact form and we'll be in touch as soon as possible!

Cancellation Policy

Please note we have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Please respect our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths and give them more than 24 hours notice if you need to change or cancel an appointment. Failure to do so will incur a cancellation charge and may affect future appointments that we are able to offer you.
Thank you.

Telephone Reception

We have reception cover most of the time we are open, however if you can't get through it's quick and easy to book online. Please be aware that calls to Wandsworth Physiotherapy & Osteopathy are recorded to comply with ICO data protection and the recordings are stored for 3 months then deleted. All stored information is password protected.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 21:00
Thursday 08:00 - 21:0
Friday 08:00 - 20:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

No reception cover on Sundays, the door may be locked so ring the bell.

Wills Goldie
Wills Goldie
Great experience
Umberto Sacchetti
Umberto Sacchetti
I have used Wandsworth Physio in three different occasions and every time they resolved my problems. I would recommend them to anyone who needs a good physio or osteopath
Sara Phillips
Sara Phillips
Lauren Dodds
Lauren Dodds
I entered Steve's massage competition at Wandsworth Physiotherapy never expecting to win but was delighted to win a year of deep tissue massages. I had previously seen Steve for chronic shoulder and back pain so winning treatment for a whole year was a real treat and it has helped keep my pain at bay. After each session, I could instantly feel the benefit with tension and stress in my muscles depleted. Thank you for running such an amazing competition! Professional, effective and flexible booking.
Lucinda Hearth
Lucinda Hearth
I saw Steve Hines after suffering with glute pain for several months. By using an ultrasound he was able to diagnose the issue straight away and then target the treatment - turns out it was a hamstring issue causing it which I'm not sure would have been picked up otherwise. Steve suggested a combination of physio and shockwave therapy, and home exercises, which have worked wonders and the issue is now almost resolved. Highly recommend Steve and the team at Wandsworth Physio.
Florrie Barber
Florrie Barber
Rose Harvey
Rose Harvey
I can highly recommend Wandsworth physio - I have seen Steve for various running niggles and always received really knowledgeable and practical advice to solve the route cause of the problem. There's also a whole range of treatment options available such as acupuncture, shockwave and ultrasound - all really helpful to have in one place!
Mary Foley
Mary Foley
Great physio/massage. Would strongly recommend. Really good team and the pummelling definitely helps to fix the sore bits!!
Kris Boger
Kris Boger
Stephen is a real expert and has been incredibly helpful for me on two separate injuries. He has deep knowledge of various treatments and in my case was able to offer one of the latest innovations, which ended up really helping. Highly recommend.
Conny Nielsen
Conny Nielsen
I'd had problems with my shoulders, neck and mid-back for a long time due to many years of office work, bad posture and having a newborn baby to carry around. I was treated by Wilson who was extremely helpful and managed to help rid me of my pain! I have since moved to Denmark, but wish I could have taken him with me! An absolute gem who is not just great at what he does, but was so, so lovely and understanding. I give him the highest recommendation.
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338 Old York Road, SW18 1SS

0203 322 9455

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