Osteopathy for Teenagers

Teenagers deserve a page of their own

Physical Pain & Discomfort

Growth and the development of the spine are one of the topics in this time of our life. Osteopaths are experts in assessing posture and monitoring the development of the spine. Many teenagers, especially males, tend to grow in spurts rather than in steady increments.The following conditions commonly present in adolescents:

  • Postural pains, including neck and back pain

  • Hip, knee, ankle and foot pains (i.e. Osgood-Schlatters Disease due to growth-spurts)

  • Achy joints and bones (especially in long bones like the femur). Teenage growing pains may be aggravated by minor falls which strain the muscles, ligaments and bones. Osteopathic treatment to release and physical tension often helps to relieve growing pains.

  • Sports and Leisure Injuries.

  • Headaches and Migraines. Kids and teens may complain of aches and pains in different parts of their body, including headaches. We take this seriously, there is usually a reason for it and an osteopathic assessment can often detect areas of tension or strain that are causing the pain.

Emotional and mental balancing

Although we always refer individuals with behavioural concerns and learning difficulties to the appropriate experts (i.e. psychologists, councilors, occupational therapists, etc.), I see great benefits in supporting children and teenagers with manual osteopathy and receive a lot of positive feedback on this work. Again, a truly holistic approach must include the physical and physiological structures if we tackle a mental, hormonal or behavioural problem. When it comes to mental and emotional balancing, manual osteopathy can offer useful support.

  • Cranialsacral Osteopathy: A manual approach to balancing the Autonomic nervous system (ANS). If the ANS is unbalanced, either the sympathetic (anxiety, fight-or-flight response) or the parasympathetic nervous system (stoic, “lazy”, sleepy, rest-and-digest response) is too active / imbalanced. By treating the physical receptors of both, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous response as well as the Vagus nerve, we can help the body find a new balance (and you teenager to become more levelled). Further, we can ensure proper mobility of the cranial base, where important structures such as the Vagus nerve and main arteries and veins enter and exit. This can help the brain to function on a more balanced and normal level, sometimes remediating issues that might not have been so obviously connected to this at first sight.

  • Hormonal balancing through HPA-Axis: The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis is a communication line between those three main hormonal centers. Looking at each to ensure proper mobility and blood-supply can aid in balancing the changing hormones in adolescents.