Just like adults, children can experience muscle and/or joint aches and pains. This may be due to trauma, sports injury or illness. Manual Osteopathy can help to improve function, support development, promote health and quality of life. There is often great reward in resolving issues promptly as they arise.

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy which includes using gentle soft tissue techniques (similar to massage), gentle joint articulation (movements), muscle stretching, exercise and lifestyle advice. Osteopathic manual practitioners may also choose to use other visceral and/or cranial techniques in the treatment of your child. These techniques aim to restore balance between the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Visit our page on Osteopathy to learn more about what our Osteopathic Manual Practitioners can do.

Is Osteopathy right for my child?  

When your baby is born, it can take time for them to get used to a world outside of the womb. Most babies cope with this transition very well, but for some it can be more difficult. An osteopathic check-up following the birth can be useful in identifying potential problems and can help ease this process.

Stresses and strains from labour and pregnancy can lead to unsettled behaviour and difficulties with feeding, winding, bowel movements and sleeping. Relieving any physical strains with gentle osteopathic techniques can be helpful and relaxing for your baby.

During your appointment your osteopathic manual practitioner will carry out a neonatal check and thorough osteopathic examination. If your child is experiencing feeding difficulties, sometimes it may be helpful for your osteopathic manual practitioner to examine your child during feeding.

As your child learns to crawl, walk, run and communicate they become even more eager to explore their environment and interact socially.

Monitoring early developmental stages and/or addressing effects of any major physical problems can help support your child as they grow.

School-age children can sometimes have difficulty concentrating, coping with learning and writing, or with acquiring and mastering certain physical skills. Osteopathy aims to support your child through this phase of their development.

As your child enters their teenage years, phases of rapid growth and development take place. Some of the issues that arise at this age include sports injuries, spinal asymmetry, postural fatigue, growth related bone pain, anxiety and headaches.

Osteopathic checks and treatment throughout this time may help with these developmental processes.

Please note that children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by their legal guardian at osteopathic appointments.

Whether you’re a new, working or full-time mum, motherhood is wonderful but comes with its challenges!

At the Oakville Naturopathic Wellness Centre we want to support all mums. Osteopathy can help to alleviate joint pain and/or muscle tensions and ultimately aims to restore the body back to health.

Labour and pregnancy can not only be stressful for your baby but mothers can also experience physical strains and trauma. During the post-natal phase, Osteopathy can help the body to return to normal and to resolve any issues that may arise in caring for a new baby.

A healthy and happy baby is in part reliant on a healthy and happy mum, so make sure you mums look after yourselves too!

Read more about what Osteopathy can do for Mums and Mums to be.


  • If you are concerned that your child needs urgent medical attention you must always contact the emergency services at 911 first.
  • In order to give consent for osteopathic treatment, your child must be 16 years of age or older. Children younger than 16 years must be accompanied by their legal guardian.

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