baby suffer from reflux or silent reflux resulting in colic?
Senior Osteopathic practitioner Iain McGregor at WeaverHouse
talks about his 30 years of practical experience in treating this distressing
condition for both baby and parent.
Iain explains that his
Osteopathic approach goes back to principles of “structure governs functions”,
when the foetus is “in utero” it is in a flexed-up position, as it develops
this flexed position is exaggerated as there is little space to extend and stretch
out. This position causes contracture in the diaphragm, the large important
muscle that divides the abdomen to the chest. The stomach, and the oesophagus
that passes through the diaphragm can get compressed causing narrowing and
constriction of the oesophagus causing the stomach contents to regurgitate at
force, reflux or slide up and down the oesophagus causing irritation in the
lining, by the acid in the milk – silent reflux.
Both these conditions are
distressing for the baby as it still is unable to sit up for itself so causes
stomach and abdominal cramps – colic. And screaming sleepless nights. Iain’s
Osteopathic approach firstly is to explain to the parents the basic anatomy of
how the digestive tract works and what anatomical structures they pass through.
His approach is to get the infant to change that chronic flexed position they
assumed in the womb, to a more upright and extended position thus restoring the
diaphragm to function more effectively, so that he can massage the abdominal
organs and reduce stasis and wind in the digestive tract. Also, by improving
diaphragm function he encourages the infant to breath more effectively using
both its upper and lower ribs.
Ultimately the reflux disappears,
and harmony is restored for both baby and parent. Also, Iain is able to offer
practical advice to the parent in the form of feeding techniques and basic
exercises for the child. So, if your baby or family member or friend suffers
from reflux or silent reflux and have not thought about a natural osteopathic
approach to this condition, call one of our friendly team of receptionists here
at WeaveHouse to make an appointment on 01270 629933