Our Paediatric Osteopaths are the most experienced practitioners in Bristol.

Osteopathy For Babies And Children

Cranial Osteopathy for babies & children is a gentle and non-invasive technique whereby the practitioner aids the body’s natural self correcting mechanism to relieve trauma that may have occurred during birth.
The movement of the baby through the cervix in labour obliges the head to move in several specific directions whilst undergoing the powerful pressure of the contractions, this naturally causes some overlapping of the skull and compression. Some compressions may be relieved spontaneously after birth as the baby cries or suckles; however this un-moulding process is often incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult.

Many midwives and health visitors are now recommending new mothers to bring their babies for an osteopathic check up shortly after the birth.

How Does Cranial Osteopathy For Babies and Children Work

Cranial osteopathy is very gentle. Specific gentle pressure is applied wherever necessary (not only on the head) to enable the release of physical stresses.
Reactions to treatment are variable, often the baby or child is very relaxed afterwards and sleeps well. Others have a burst of energy after treatment, usually followed by a good night sleep. Occasionally the child may seem unsettled and this is merely because treatment may take a few hours or days to complete.
On average, 2 to 4 treatments are sufficient. This varies according to the severity of the actual problem and the age of the child.


We know how precious babies and children are. We are a helpful, straight talking group of very experienced Osteopaths that know how to treat and advise on a huge variety of baby/childhood conditions. Please just call us if you have any questions.

- The BCC Team