I have been treating babies for over twenty years with cranial osteopathy and during this time Cranial Osteopathy for babies and children has become increasing popular. I gave a cranial treatment to a 6 week old baby today and so I will give a brief outline to my own unique approach which has made treating babies a delight.

I used to rock and treat a crying baby, walking up and down the room which was truly exhausting. When I trained with the British Exercises and Sports Medicine Courses 10 years ago on Core Stability and Pilates Rehabilitation, I bought several large Swiss Balls.

The Pilates Swiss ball is magic for sitting on. If I put a large foam rectangular pillow on my knees I can sit on the ball with the baby on the pillow and by keeping a steady rocking bounce, apply cranial osteopathy. It’s bliss for the baby, easy on my arms and back, a relief for the parents as they are reassured to see their baby enjoying the treatment. Parents are also relieved to see their baby responding quickly and needing fewer treatment sessions.

Often the parent has a Swiss ball which they can use at home. A difficult to manage baby is very exhausting and the gentle rocking movement of the Swiss ball calms distressed babies and seems such a simple solution.

Edinburgh Osteopath Helen How has over twenty-eight years experience of treating patients at the How Osteopathic Clinic (Trinity Edinburgh). Registered Osteopath Helen combines the latest advances in osteopathy with a gentle patient-centred approach to diagnosis and treatment ensuring that osteopathic treatment at the How Clinic is suitable for a wide-range of conditions including; back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee conditions Helen uses Video Clips exercises educational information and outcome which is sent to your computer smartphone or iphone if you wish Treatment at the How Osteopathic Clinic is tailored to the individual and where necessary uses a combination of osteopathic techniques including, Traditional Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Electrotherapy, Vibrotherapy and Sports Remedial Massage. The holistic approach to osteopathy at the How Osteopathic Clinic, in addition to a full one hour treatment sessions, is designed to alleviate symptoms rapidly and can often significantly reduce the number of osteopathic treatments required. One of the few Osteopaths in Edinburgh and in Britain who uses the unique, gentle fleximatic vibrotherapy or shockwave therapy massage equipment combined with traditional osteopathic techniques in order to to find, feel and palpate those hard fibrotic bands of muscles which accumulate over the years of prolonged sitting, Helen has attended conferences held throughout the country; Helen has been using Shockwave Therapy for over 3 years now for Patella Tendons , Achilles Tendons Plantar Fasciitis and Tendon pain Hips, Upper Proximal Hamstring tendinopathy along with rehabilitation loading Contact Helen How, Registered Osteopath, 14 Craighall Gardens, Edinburgh EH6 4RJ To make an appointment contact Helen on 131 551 1044 or Text /Call 07889304762