Secondary School Children
Puberty is a time of great change for our children. Explosive growth, a hormonal storm, and huge intellectual and personal/social developments are rushing in putting extraordinary demands on them. They can sleep for England during this growth period and struggle to wake in the morning, whilst social media and internet demands can stop them from getting to bed in time for a good nights sleep!
An ever increasing workload at school and lots of time at the computer can put posture under strain, especially with the use of laptops and tablets. Headaches are a common result. Not to mention the “text neck” forward bent head and neck posture of smartphone use, which is already being shown to create early degenerative changes in the neck and upper backs of young adults!
Intensive training in sports or musical instruments can also have an impact on the growing body. If scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, is going to be an issue it most commonly appears in this age group, often as an asymmetrical appearance of the upper back when the child bends forwards.
Our osteopaths are trained and qualified to work with children of all ages. They are trained to screen for medical conditions, and will tell you if your child needs to see another health professional, such as their doctor or other specialist.
Osteopathic techniques are suitable for children, and are safe and gentle. Our osteopaths will assess your child to see what treatment approaches might help.