Osteopathy for Babies & 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
- 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
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.
- Effect of osteopathic manipulative treatment on middle ear effusion following acute otitis media in young children: a pilot study.
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.
- The use of osteopathic manipulative treatment as adjuvant therapy in children with recurrent acute otitis media.
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.
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Osteopathy for Babies FAQs
Osteopathy Consultation Fees
- Initial Consultation $110.00
- Subsequent Consultation $85.00
- Extended Consultation (1 hour) $140.00
The practice is increasingly seeking to communicate with our patients via secure electronic means. This would include email / SMS health reminders, on-line appointment bookings, SMS appointment reminders and in the future patient uploading basic health information. To do this we need to ensure we have your email address, mobile phone number and of course your consent.
Booking an appointment
New Patients including women, men and children are welcome at Premier Health Partners. Consultations are by appointment only. Appointments can be booked via telephone (03) 9329 7077, or via our website. In cases of an urgent appointment, please call and we will assist where possible.
If you are unable to attend for a scheduled appointment, please contact us to cancel or change your appointment time. As a courtesy we send out appointment reminders to the mobile number on file and request a minimum of 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend.
We have high demand for appointments and many patients miss out on seeing the doctor of their choice or even obtaining an appointment at all. Late cancellation or failing to attend does not allow the appointment to be offered to someone else seeking treatment.
A fee may be charged for failure to attend or cancellation at short notice, less than 24 hours on the day (NB: this fee does not attract a Medicare rebate).
Complaints & feedback
We respect the right of the patient and ensure all complaints are dealt with in a timely manner.
This practice acknowledges that patient complaints are an important source of customer feedback.
Under the Health Services Act 1987 people with complaints should try to resolve them directly with the health service provider.
If a satisfactory outcome is not achieved then complaint can be directed to the Health Services Commissioner for action by calling 03 8601 5200.
Do you need a referral?
A referral is not required to access the services of our GP’s or Allied Health Professionals. Our Osteopaths and Psychologist do accept GP Care Plans and GP Mental Health Care Plans (Payment is required at the time of service and claim sent through to Medicare for overnight reimbursement).
- Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.45 pm. (Dr Underwood works till 6.45 pm on Mondays)
- Monday & Wednesday 9.00 - 7.30 pm
- Tuesday 1.00 - 5.00 pm
- Thursday & Friday 9.00 - 4.00 pm
- Saturday 8.30 - 11.00
- Monday 2.00 - 7.00 pm
- Wednesday 12.00 - 7.00 pm
- Friday 8.30 - 11.30
- Saturday 9.00 - 11.00
- Saturday 10.00 - 1.00 pm
Our policy is that payments are to be made on the day of consultation. Accepted payment methods include EFTPOS, credit card and cash.
The practice offers to send your claim on line direct to Medicare. If you have your bank details registered with Medicare, the rebate will be sent to your nominated bank account within 24 hours.
We also encourage our patients to register their bank account details with Medicare to allow for prompt reimbursement of the medicare rebate to the nominated bank account. Patients can register online at www.humanservices.gov.au/online or download a Medicare Bank Account details form.
If your doctor refers you to another doctor, a specialist, or for any investigative tests please ask about fees and other costs that may arise.
Privacy & confidentiality
Further information is available from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner on 1300 363 992.