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Risks/downsides of cranial osteopathy?

(33 Posts)
Mafiti Thu 14-Mar-13 11:29:40

Ann Dobson treated my DD (6 weeks) for posterior tongue tie and says there is more going on, we should do CO. trusted BF counsellor says she saw no obvious reasons why CO would be necessary (but didnt say not to do it) is anyone aware of any significant risks? My partner is worried it could do more harm than good.

We've had feeding problems from the beginning, bad latch, sore nipples, unsettled baby, very unhappy in Moses basket, lots of wriggling as if she's trying to get fart/poo out but no obvious signs of relief when she does.

sahmbles Tue 19-Mar-13 15:12:45

Fortunately our DD didn't have craniosynostosis; she had just managed to get a bit squashed inside me. She did have a distinct ridge across the front of her head, which made the local paediatrician suspect craniosynostosis and refer us to GOSH.

So glad that we saw the experts as it really put our minds at rest - whereas the CO comments about overlapped skull bones put huge amounts of fear into us.

I have no confidence that the CO would have been able to tell if it was craniosynostosis (his "diagnosis" was certainly wrong), and I think you are right that relying on COs, instead of those with medical training and state of the art equipment, could potentially be dangerous.

minipie Tue 19-Mar-13 20:52:31

I think these stories demonstrate that there are good COs and bad COs - same as any other kind of practitioner.

I was quite sceptical about the whole thing but went anyway and 3 sessions later DD was a different baby - she went from a somewhat manic, frantic baby who wouldn't ever sleep and wriggled constantly, to a chilled baby whose body felt relaxed and who would fall asleep feeding. Her feeds also improved drastically. This was not at 6 weeks, it was a lot later so can't be put down to her becoming naturally more settled at that time (she didn't).

I can recommend a CO based on SW London who specialises in babies and children if that is close to you. I would definitely try to find someone who specialises in babies.

Peagle Tue 19-Mar-13 21:03:04

Took DD to CO from 6 weeks and got our last session next week. I can not recommend it enough. DD had a stuff neck which meant she could only turn her head one way and cause her to have quite a flat head.
She loves the sessions and always comes back very relaxed and chilled. She also has a perfectly round head now!

Mafiti Thu 21-Mar-13 22:08:45

Thanks, everyone. We went ahead with the co. first session didn't seem to do anything and i wasnt sure about the osteopath. went for a second session with Ania in Hanwell following lots of recommendations. i really like her and During the second session, DD got her suck back. Latch still isn't quite right and not sure co will help - she has tension in her jaw apparently, but who knows. we,re having another session on Saturday, so it definitely is a drain in the finances at least!

McChris Fri 29-Mar-13 23:17:05

The thing with CO is the practitioner. Some Osteopaths see it as a structural treatment where they are trying to move things around with their finger tips and some use their intentions, which I believe is the right path for CO. It has nothing to do with conventional manual therapies, where they try to crack the bones of the spine. I cannot say there are good and there are bad CO, maybe with time they can understand the whole idea/philosophy behind it. But CO is all about intention of the Osteopath and how receptive the parents and DD are. CO more deep, linked to our consciousness and quantum mechanics play a part, if practiced as it was meant to.

JacqueslePeacock Sun 31-Mar-13 13:21:43

Some use their intentions? What on earth does this mean?

minipie Sun 31-Mar-13 18:26:41


JacqueslePeacock Sun 31-Mar-13 19:11:14

Some use their intuition/intentions instead of their hands? Now I'm utterly baffled confused

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