Children: from Toddlers to Teenagers

Toddlers are going through immense changes as they progress through stages of verbal communication and motor development, learning to crawl, walk, and run. Osteopathy can help support these developmental milestones, check for any lag or asymmetry that may be occurring, and screen for any detrimental effects after falls, helping prevent further problems arising in the future.

Children of school age may be experiencing difficulty with concentrating and learning. Osteopathy for children can help support motor and cognitive development and often work along side other health professionals to optimise progress. Sometimes young children may complain of pains, and although this is unusual in a young body and should be thoroughly investigated, Osteopaths often work with children complaining of back and joint pain, growing pains, tummy pains, and headaches. Children with health issues relating to repeated infection and illness may also benefit from Osteopathy. Releasing tension in the airways, breathing muscles and the ribcage can vastly help a child's breathing pattern for an asthmatic child or one who is prone to bouts of chest infections.

Teenagers and older children may present with postural related problems, back pain, fatigue and headaches, and in a still growing body, this warrants closer examination for any underlying asymmetries as well as postural advice and exercise. The drag of tensioned tissues on a teenage body can add to the effect of mood on an already hormonal body. Osteopathic treatment may help to alleviate anxiety and mood related conditions in children by balancing up these tensions. Sports injuries and accidents such as back and ankle sprains, and healing from fractures can be treated gently with Osteopathy, helping the injured tissues to align and heal, optimising recovery.

Examples of conditions that may benefit from treatment:

  • Recurrent infection or illness eg cough, colds, bronchiolitis
  • Mood and anxiety problems
  • Growing pains
  • Tummy pains, digestive problems
  • Asthma and breathing difficulties


  • Accidents, sports injuries
  • Ear infections
  • Learning difficulties
  • Spine and joint pains
  • Headaches
  • Sleep problems
Osteopathy for children encourages check-ups and treatments throughout stages of growth to ensure that young bodies are adapting appropriately, and if any issues are detected, they can be promptly addressed as they arise
  • Address: Oceanic Osteopathy
  • 21 Shea Terrace
  • Takapuna
  • North Shore
  • Auckland
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