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As an adult, you may have sought the professional help of an osteopath for that sore back, strained shoulder or some other kind of troubling ailment affecting your musculoskeletal system. But did you know that osteopathy can be just as beneficial for your kids as well? Osteopathy is a system of healthcare that has a focus on the management of pain and the treatment of conditions that affect the body. Practitioners combine a developed sense of touch with an understanding of functional anatomy, to assess for patterns of strain. These patterns of strain may be due to trauma, sustained poor postures or other stressors. Osteopaths then have a wide-range of hands-on techniques that are used to help alleviate these painful dysfunctions, commonly found in the joints, muscles, ligaments, nerves and connective tissue.

Victoria McLelland is a qualified and nationally registered osteopath with 12 years’ experience. She works out of the My Own Midwife clinic at Ashmore on the Gold Coast. A mum to three, Victoria has a specific passion for babies, children and pregnant women.

In newborns, Victoria commonly manages the musculoskeletal effects of birth trauma and breastfeeding issues. That baby who won’t sleep most likely is hungry, but maybe your bub simply can’t get to sleep because they are physically uncomfortable lying on their back (do they appear stiff or tight?).

In children, Victoria follows conventional practice guidelines for conditions including plagiocephaly (flat spot or mis-shapen head), torticollis (wry neck) and hip dysplasia.

In tweens and especially teens, Victoria treats a range of sporting-related injuries, scoliosis and pain that has resulted from bad posture (yes, your ipad-obsessed child with rounded shoulders and headaches can benefit from Victoria’s skill set).

Maybe one of your mini family members could do with Victoria’s gentle techniques to unwind their problematic bodies? Don’t forget, health fund rebates are applicable.

Victoria McLelland

Victoria McLelland  

Victoria McLelland is a qualified and nationally registered osteopath with 12 years’ experience. She works out of the My Own Midwife clinic at Ashmore on the Gold Coast. A mum to three, Victoria has a specific passion for babies, children and pregnant women // www.childosteopath.com.au