Getting them off to a great start in life. Promoting wellness through structure-function balance.
Kids’ Korner™ is a place where the structural and functional aspects of an infant’s/child’s musculoskeletal system is evaluated and problems are addressed therapeutically. It is literally a “refitting of the pieces of the body’s structure and function.” Many in-utero (prenatal) and delivery circumstances can produce excessive tension in the muscles of a child’s head, neck, back and limbs. This increased tension translates into muscle congestion that pulls the structure out of its ideal functional position. This can require extra physical energy, muscle adaptation and creative positioning assistance to accomplish otherwise normal function.
EXAMPLES OF DYSFUNCTIONS/DIFFICULTIES
- Breastfeeding/Nursing Problems (poor or ineffective latch, tongue efficiency and jaw glide)
- Fussiness, Stressed Posture, Irritability, Restlessness, and Colic-like Behaviors
- Unusual Crawling, Walking and Movement Patterns
- Bruxism (grinding and other jaw related issues)
- Enuresis (bedwetting)
- Developmental Delays
- Night Terrors
A THERAPEUTIC APPROACH
Functional Bowen™ Therapy is a gentle interpretive use of Thomas A. Bowen’s crossfiber neuromuscular technique. Named for Thomas A. Bowen, an Australian Osteopath, this integrated technique can be used on infants and children. It has the potential to increase the body’s immune system response through reducing muscle tension and associated nerve entrapment. Promoting nervous system relaxation and improved nerve pathways improves communication which supports normal structural function. This allows the body to regulate its own homeostatic processes more efficiently, as it was designed. As a result, health and wellness is promoted, as well as restoration of normal function.
The insidious nature of these dysfunctions and difficulties is that they are rarely prominent or visible at birth, but appear within hours or days post delivery. Rarely, it appears as late as the school age years. The earliest clues can be breastfeeding/nursing difficulties. Referrals are often made by lactation consultants, mid-wives, and other healthcare practitioners in the early postnatal period. Proper assessment of the muscle tension that can produce these dysfunctions is essential. With proper evaluation to correct this increased tension, “restoration of functional design” can be accomplished. For additional information or professional references, please contact us at (916) 834-1711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PREDISPOSING FACTORS TO CONSIDER
These factors are commonly associated with the above-noted Dysfunctions/Difficulties
and include, but are not limited to:
- Complicated or high stress pregnancy
- Prolonged or complicated labor
- Precipitous (too fast) labor
- Early engagement of fetal position prior to labor onset
- Cesarean section
- Pitocin or hormonal labor stimulation
- Epidural administration
- Head traction or external extraction with delivery
- Low amniotic fluid levels/space constraints