It may have been a gloriously sunny weekend but I spent the entire weekend in a classroom!
But I'm not complaining. I was adding to my knowledge and skills by learning more about assessing and treating babies and children. Despite the lack of air con on one of the hottest days of the year, it was an incredibly interesting and useful course taught by a very engaging osteopath; Andrea Rippe of Kennington Osteopaths. Andrea has been treating little people for many years now. She was a tutor at the BSO (British School of Osteopathy) children's clinic and at the OCC (Osteopathic Centre for Children). She runs her own successful and very holistic clinic in south London and she regularly lectures in order to share her wealth of knowledge and experience.
Andrea gave us a great reminder of all the different things to be alert for when assessing children. The difficulty of course, is that babies and then children are reaching different milestones every few months. This means being aware of the different stages and what is expected while considering the possibile variations between individual developing human beings. There's a lot to know!
Thankfully it's all fascinating and there are lots of symptoms that we can treat. In addition to assessing babies to ensure they are in good health, finding ways to help a baby with feeding or settling problems and ways to help children with musculoskeletal and developmental problems can obviously be massively helpful for parents' emotional and physical wellbeing. Stress and lack of sleep when worrying about an unsettled baby can take it's toll on the body.
I'm looking forward to helping more families find peace of mind soon!
More information on the website very soon to explain how osteopathy might be able to help your little ones.