As parents, we want to ensure our children have the best care when they feel unwell or have sustained an injury. While traditional medical treatments, such as prescription drugs or surgery, may relieve some conditions, many parents are now turning to alternative forms of care, such as Osteopathy. Osteopathic Medicine is a holistic approach to health care that emphasizes the interconnectedness of the body’s systems and the important role the musculoskeletal system plays in overall health.
What Injuries Can Be Rehabilitated Through Osteopathy
Osteopathy can help rehabilitate a wide range of injuries in children, including:
- Sprains and strains
- Sports injuries
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Growing pains
- Repetitive strain injuries
DOs (Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine) can help alleviate pain, increase mobility, and improve function by using manual techniques to diagnose and treat these injuries. This non-invasive form of treatment can also help to prevent future injuries from occurring by addressing the underlying causes of health problems.
What Treatments Benefit Child Athletes
Child athletes can significantly benefit from Osteopathic treatments, as they can help improve athletic performance and prevent injury. Some of the treatments that can be especially beneficial for child athletes include:
- Soft tissue therapy improves flexibility and range of motion and reduces the risk of injury.
- Joint mobilization – to reduce pain and improve function in the affected area.
- Strain-counter strain technique – to alleviate pain and improve mobility.
- By incorporating these treatments into their regular routine, child athletes can improve their athletic performance, reduce their risk of injury, and maintain their overall health and well-being.
Case Studies of Children with Sports Injuries
- A 10-year-old soccer player was experiencing knee pain after playing. After a series of Osteopathic treatments, the child’s knee pain improved, and they were able to return to playing soccer with increased mobility and reduced risk of injury.
- A 12-year-old gymnast who was experiencing chronic back pain. After receiving Osteopathic treatments, the child reported a significant reduction in back pain and overall flexibility and mobility improvement.
- A 9-year-old basketball player suffered a knee injury during a game. After several Osteopathic treatments, the child reported a significant reduction in pain and an improvement in their knee’s range of motion. They were able to return to playing basketball without any further complications.
- An 11-year-old soccer player who was experiencing chronic back pain. After receiving Osteopathic treatments, the child reported a noticeable improvement in their back pain and overall posture. They returned to playing soccer with increased energy and reduced risk of injury.
- A 14-year-old gymnast suffered a wrist injury during training. After a series of Osteopathic treatments, the child’s wrist pain improved, and their range of motion increased.
Osteopathy can provide many benefits for children in grade school and high school. Whether dealing with an injury or looking to improve athletic performance, Osteopathic treatments for children can help alleviate pain, improve function, and support the body’s natural ability to heal itself. If you are considering Osteopathic therapies for your child, consult a licensed DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) to determine if it is the right form of care for your child’s specific needs.