Children and Teens

At all stages of their development.

Why do Children and Teens need treatment?

In general, parents may not immediately think of children and teenagers as needing Physiotherapy or Osteopathic help. Treatment can benefit children and teens at all stages of their development. Younger people have shown themselves over the years to respond well to supportive therapy and exercises. From infant to adult, younger people experience a considerable number of changes and are generally very resilient. Toddlers appear to withstand some pretty severe falls, and everyone can remember watching a toddler tripping as they learned to walk. These are part of a complete and fun life, and it is impossible to stop children from learning by themselves.

It’s possible that physical habits learnt during childhood and adolescence will help determine health, posture and physical function throughout life. As our bodies adapt to the stresses and strains of growing up, it’s essential to maintain good physical health, especially during childhood and the teenage years. We believe it is necessary to be as free from pain and physical restrictions as possible throughout our lives. At the same time, it is unnecessary to go to a Physiotherapist or Osteopath for every slip and bump. Conversely, during periods of high impact, strenuous sporting activity, it is essential to maintain regular check-ups here and there to allow the body to compensate for all the growing and falling that kids do.

Kids Have a High Impact Lifestyle

The enormous changes throughout the body may lead to pain and developmental growth problems throughout the teen years. These physical changes, combined with the increase in high impact, strenuous sporting activity, may irritate bones and muscles. Sitting posture is particularly important due to the long hours they spend in front of the TV Ipads, laptops and computers. Advice on possible poor posture (teenage slump) may help break lifelong habits early on in life. These postural habits may often lead to pain in joints and muscles.

Unfortunately, bad habits can cause problems in later years. As with adults, the fewer physical restrictions in the body, the more they can cope with any accident or trauma. Furthermore, if a child is complaining of persistent or recurring pain, it may be necessary to see an Osteopath or Physiotherapist for advice and treatment. If children and teenagers need an orthopaedic referral, we would be the first to let you know.

No matter the age, treatment on younger people is performed as gently as possible and with the patient’s consent. Children and teenagers especially need to know that they will not be hurt when seeking any treatment. At the Hatfield Practice, we have many toys and books and keep visits as relaxed and fun as possible. We feel it’s unreasonable to expect a child to sit in a dull, sterile treatment room for up to an hour. We always aim to keep everything fun and upbeat.

What our clients say

Have been to numerous physiotherapists and osteopaths over recent years and feel I have finally found the Hatfield Practice where they combine the best of both disciplines, along with other complementary ones – how refreshing! Am being treated by Damien who clocked my problem(s) in a few short minutes and so far I’m doing really well. And their charges are extremely reasonable. Very Impressed.

Diana R
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