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Osteopathy For Babies and Children

 **Please note Dr Maddi Traeger is on maternity leave from 8/07/19 until further notice**

    Osteopathy recognises the particular stresses on the body children experience as they grow from babies to teenagers, and has developed an approach to work with children of all ages.

    Musculoskeletal restrictions can affect an infant doing simple activities or reaching development milestones. Osteopathic treatment for babies may be able to assist with musculoskeletal issues that relate to:

     • Feeding and latching

    • Comfort and settling

    • Difficult or traumatic birth

    • Preference of neck turning or feeding on one side

    • Issues with rolling, crawling and walking

    • Issues or discomfort with tummy time


    What should I expect at an appointment?


    • A thorough medical history will be taken

    • Questions around the pregnancy and birth

    • A mobility check

    • An examination of suck and latch

    • Treatment

    • Discussion of any findings


    Every appointment is tailored based on the individual infant considering their age, developmental stage and other health relating factors. Osteopathic treatment of babies and infants is very gentle and involves stretching, light massage and unwinding of tissues but never involves strong forces like manipulating joint or ‘cracking’.

    Management of your child's health may include referral to your doctor or other health professionals.

    A typical session is usually between 30 mins to 60 mins depending on the individual bub. An initial consultation is normally $110 with follow-up visits (if required) $85. Follow-up visits of longer duration (60 mins) are $140.

    Appointments are available Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am - 4.30pm; Saturday 9.00am-12.30pm

     What to bring to an appointment?

    • Your Child’s Maternal and Child Health ‘green’ book

    • A bottle (if not breastfeeding)


    "Hi I’m Maddi, I am an Osteopath here at Premier Health Partners and I have a great passion for Paediatrics and Pre/Post-Natal Health. This originally stemmed from treatments that I received from an osteopath myself during my childhood, a passion that grew even further throughout my University studies and numerous external courses that I have completed relating to these fields.

    I love working with babies and mothers to help provide practical support and options for breastfeeding and musculoskeletal issues."




Dr Maddi Traeger - Osteopath


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Did you know?

96% of mothers initiate breastfeeding

39% of babies were exclusively breastfed less than 4 months

Only 15% of babies were still exclusively breastfed up to 6 months

*Source: 2010 Australian National Feeding Survey

*Research and Evidence

Natalie M. Hayes, DO; Todd A. Bezilla, DO

Published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2006, Vol. 106, 605-608.

Osteopathic manipulative treatment appears to be a safe treatment modality in the pediatric population when administered by physicians with expertise in osteopathic manipulative treatment. Future studies should be prospective and include larger numbers of patients to document the safety of osteopathic manipulative treatment in this clinical application.

Steele KM, Carreiro JE, Viola JH, Conte JA, Ridpath LC.

Published in the Journal of American Osteopathic Association

A standardized osteopathic manipulative treatment protocol administered adjunctively with standard care for patients with acute otitis media may result in faster resolution of middle ear effusion following acute otitis media than standard treatment alone.

Mills MV, Henley CE, Barnes LL, Carreiro JE, Degenhardt BF.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003 Sep;157(9):861-6

The results of this study suggest a potential benefit of osteopathic manipulative treatment as adjuvant therapy in children with recurrent AOM; it may prevent or decrease surgical intervention or antibiotic overuse.

F.Cerritelli, G.Pizzolorusso, C.Renzetti, V.Cozzolino, M.D’Orazio, M.Lupacchini, B.Marinelli, Alessandro A.C.Lucci, J.Lancellotti, S.Ballabio, C.Castelli, D.Molteni, R.Besana, L.Tubaldi, F.Paolo Perri, P.Fusilli, C.D’Incecco, G.Barlafante

Published in PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0127370

Osteopathic treatment reduced significantly the number of days of hospitalization and is cost-effective on a large cohort of preterm infants.


Learn More:

Please read this excellent article (link above) from by reknowned pediatric Osteopath Julia Redfern


We bet you’ve never thought about taking your child to see an osteopath. “Kids are so flexible – why would they need to see an osteopath?”

It’s a common belief and, largely, true but there are a range of problems that may interfere with the normal musculoskeletal development of a child.

Trauma during the birth process, childhood accidents and falls can create or contribute to problems associated with bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Other issues faced by children include posture problems, inflammatory conditions and sporting injuries. In all these cases an osteopath can help.

A general check-up soon after delivery would be beneficial, especially after a long labour, caesarean, forceps or ventouse delivery as the process can effect the infant’s head, spine, shoulders and nervous system. Another reason for mums to bring their babies and toddlers in to see an osteopath is to check if their musculoskeletal system is restricted in any way that may affect them achieving their next milestone symmetrically (particularly gross motor), for example hip and spinal mobility for preparation to roll, crawl and so on.

“As an osteopath with a special interest in helping improving the health of babies and children, I see a wide range of conditions that can benefit from osteopathic care”, says osteopath Julia Redfern.

“Sometimes I see developmental abnormalities and help provide treatment and advice for specific areas of the body affected, and assist the rest of their body to compensate”, says Julia.

“The conditions we see that present at birth or early infancy can often still be worked on and improved in older children as they often have longer lasting effects on the biomechanics of several other areas”

Your osteopath can also assist in the management of feeding and digestion issues including reflux, constipation, difficulty feeding, unsettled or poor sleeping. Clinical research that included the osteopathic module found that the treatment might reduce the hours of crying per day and improve sleeping time in babies who have been described as having ‘colic’.

“We suggest osteopathic care for certain conditions in conjunction with general medical treatment and advice as an adjunctive therapy to help reduce severity of symptoms.” – adds Julia. “We don’t see osteopathy to be a magical “cure”.

Osteopathic sessions can also include prescribing gentle massage for areas parents can safely work on to help prolong the treatment effects, along with postural or positioning advice and exercises for constipation.

Other conditions osteopaths help manage in babies include developmental dysplasia of the hip, ‘clicky hips’; plagiocephaly which is abnormal head shape or flattening of part of the skull.

“Generally our approach for plagiocephaly includes lots of education for parents, advice on positioning and carrying, and a lot of tummy time to strengthen the neck muscles.” – says Julia.

Osteopathic care is a safe, gentle and effective hands on healthcare approach. It can assist the young body to adapt to growth-related changes which can prevent other health problems. It can help your baby grow into a healthy child and, ultimately, a healthy young adult.


About Julia Redfern

Having a strong interest in pregnancy and fertility, Julia provides osteopathic care for all aspects of women’s health, including treatment and advice for pregnant women and new mums. She is also a Clinical Pilates Instructor and Certified Infant Massage Instructor with additional postgraduate study in Obstetrics, Paediatrics, and Pre & Post Natal Pilates, to further her interest in the treatment of women, babies and children.