How can a physiotherapist help your new born baby?

on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 in Glenhuntly Physiotherapy Clinic. No Comments

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As a new father of a beautiful daughter I found that, together with my wife we have seen doctors, nurses and midwives regarding the health of our baby. I believe that physiotherapists can also be a great option in the well-being of your little one.

A baby goes through a lot. For example, travelling through the birth canal can create a lot of pressure on the head (cranial plates do compensate for this), the spine and the peripheral joints (in the limbs). Sleeping positions can also contribute to some asymmetries of the head, potentially creating problems if left untreated. This can lead to a wry neck or plagiocephaly (aka flat head). Both conditions are easily preventable with correct home based techniques. I treat my baby, as needed, for body and spinal mobility with

I treat my baby, as needed, for body and spinal mobility with gentle range of movements and stretches for her limbs, as well as some comforting and relaxing techniques to aid with digestion and sleep. I have no doubt she has derived benefits from these interventions, and because it is so gentle, there are no associated risks. Babies cannot express themselves like adults, and may resort to crying due to tenderness or discomfort brought on by any number of developmental issues. Often the “go-to” option is medication, or more of your attention is required to relieve the issues.

I believe in many cases this can be due the above mentioned factors and some simple home based techniques, done by yourself, can be far more effective and far less intrusive. We are here to help you with this, and I would be more than happy to teach you some of the basics to have available when and if needed. As therapists we assesses the mobility of the baby (limbs, cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine) and search for restricted range of motion. When the cause of the restriction is found, treatment usually consists of a few sessions in rooms with one or both parents present to learn some basic baby exercises to consolidate the treatment for home.

All the techniques are gentle, soft, non-invasive, non-manipulative and have no associated dangers.

If you have any questions, or would like to book an appointment with me, please call the clinic to arrange with one of our friendly staff.

 

By physio Emmanuel Rey