Happy and Healthy Development

People may like to bring their babies & children to visit an Osteopath for:

  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Growing pains
  • Constant crying
  • Difficulties with feeding
  • Flat head syndrome
  • Asthma related musculoskeletal symptoms

The Osteopaths at Southside Clinic will assess you child’s individual case and work with you to develop the most appropriate action plan going forward. This may include hands on Osteopathic treatment, referral to the GP or other health professional, referral for imaging such as an MRI or X-ray, individual exercise prescription and/or general nutritional advice.

Benefits of Osteopathic Treatment may include;

  • Addressing the underlying cause of discomfort
  • An improvement in range of motion
  • Decrease in muscle tension
  • Assistance with ligament stability
  • Improvement in bloody supply to the effected area
  • Reduction in swelling
  • Increase in energy

Evidence and Research

Natalie M. Hayes, DO; Todd A. Bezilla, DO

Published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2006, Vol. 106, 605-608.

Osteopathic manipulative treatment appears to be a safe treatment modality in the pediatric population when administered by physicians with expertise in osteopathic manipulative treatment. Future studies should be prospective and include larger numbers of patients to document the safety of osteopathic manipulative treatment in this clinical application.

Steele KM, Carreiro JE, Viola JH, Conte JA, Ridpath LC.

Published in the Journal of American Osteopathic Association

A standardized osteopathic manipulative treatment protocol administered adjunctively with standard care for patients with acute otitis media may result in faster resolution of middle ear effusion following acute otitis media than standard treatment alone.

Mills MV, Henley CE, Barnes LL, Carreiro JE, Degenhardt BF.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003 Sep;157(9):861-6

The results of this study suggest a potential benefit of osteopathic manipulative treatment as adjuvant therapy in children with recurrent AOM; it may prevent or decrease surgical intervention or antibiotic overuse.

F.Cerritelli, G.Pizzolorusso, C.Renzetti, V.Cozzolino, M.D’Orazio, M.Lupacchini, B.Marinelli, Alessandro A.C.Lucci, J.Lancellotti, S.Ballabio, C.Castelli, D.Molteni, R.Besana, L.Tubaldi, F.Paolo Perri, P.Fusilli, C.D’Incecco, G.Barlafante

Published in PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0127370

This large randomised controlled trial identified that osteopathic treatment reduced the number of days of hospitalization and is cost-effective on a large cohort of preterm infants

T. Andreson, C. Bahr, C. Ciranna- Raab

IJOM 16 (2), June 2013, 99-113

In this systematic review, osteopathy and other manual therapy approaches are tested in dental malocclusion. Evidence collected suggests osteopathy assisted realignment over alternative forms of manual therapy.


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