Educating Your Child About Osteopathy

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Learning is a lifelong journey! It can be exciting and helpful to learn about how our wonderful bodies work at every age, and doing so can tap into the innate developmental and physical needs that we all experience.

What’s more is that science has proven that our brains continue to grow and change as we engage in learning.

Children are amazing! They are like sponges in the way that they learn, and equally wondrous in the way that they teach us so much.

There is much to learn about Osteopathy, and some of it might surprise you (in a good way!)

As we educate ourselves, we can do so for our children. This serves not only to empower ourselves as parents but to empower our children and foster a healthy connection to their own bodies.

Here are some great ways to communicate the purpose and approach of osteopathy to your child, adjusting the language as age appropriate:

  • Osteopathy is for everyone, for babies, big kids and grown up’s
  • Listen to your body, because it’s telling you something important about what it needs
  • Keep moving through daily exercise and stretching
  • Tune in, and ask yourself “What does my body need today?”

“In this way, we invest in their wellness journey, one that stretches into adulthood and throughout their lifespan. Think of this as a future investment.”

Before your child visits with us you might like to prepare them about what they can expect. Here’s how:

  • We will get there a little early so we don’t need to feel rushed
  • Let’s wear some comfortable clothes, so that you feel good and moving around is easier
  • The osteopath may ask you to lift your arms or legs or bend down to touch your toes, or asked you to perform a movement activity.
  • The osteopathy will look at the area that is troubling you, the part that is uncomfortable or hurting as well as other nearby parts of the body. For example if your child has a sore knee, your osteopath may also look at their ankle, pelvis and back.
  • Your osteopath will explain what they think might be going on for you, and they will come up with some ideas of things that you can try, like exercises or certain movements that will help your body to feel more balanced and comfortable.
  • Yes, you can ask questions the entire time! They love it when you do.

Would you like to learn more about the osteopathic approach to assisting school-aged children? Click here for further reading. 

We’re here to help support and nurture you and your family as you align and grow. 

Emily Jones, Advanced Paediatric Osteopath, IBCLC and owner at Align & Nurture


The aim of the blog is to help educate parents from a non-judgmental place and offering suggestions based on my own clinical and personal experience. Every family has individual needs, these are general recommendations. Always seek advice from a medical professional.