The Osteopathic Centre for Children is a charity that seeks to ensure that paediatric osteopathy – an effective and gentle treatment – is established as an option for parents and carers concerned for their children’s health. They run a three day a week clinic in Wandsworth, two days in Shoreditch and an afternoon in Mill Hill where they welcome babies, children, teenagers, new mums and mums-to-be.
Their aim is to offer osteopathic treatments as an option for all children regardless of their parents’ ability to pay.
During our first weeks at home with our baby boy I noticed that he never turned his head to the left. At first I didn’t think much of it but after 6 weeks I noticed a slight flattening on the right side of his head and started to get concerned, so I decided to search the internet for answers. My findings pointed to the fact that he might have Plagiocephaly, more commonly known as flat head syndrome.
Having had previous experience of Osteopathy I thought it would be a good starting point, so decided to look for a Paediatric Osteopath and found the Osteopathic Centre for Children.
After a consultation at their Wandsworth branch they confirmed he had Plagiocephaly, caused by Torticollis, muscle tightness in his neck, which can prevent a baby turning their head in a particular way, meaning one side of their head is placed under more pressure. This was as a result of his position in the womb and a very traumatic birth.
My son is now 19 months old and is receiving ongoing treatment, not only for his Plagiocephaly which has improved hugely, but also for other childhood ailments including teething symptoms. As a new mum I also received treatment to help my recovery. The staff are all wonderful. The work they do at the Osteopathic Centre for Children is just amazing, even life changing for some and we feel very fortunate to have had access to their services.