Orthomanual therapy for children

If your child regularly suffers from vague complaints such as headaches or stomach aches, you will of course first visit a GP and possibly a pediatrician to see whether there is a direct physical condition. However, if all these studies do not reveal a clear cause, orthomanual therapy may offer a solution for you and your child.

What happens during orthomanual therapy?

An incorrect position of the spine, pelvis or other joints can cause your body to not function optimally, which can cause you to develop complaints. These complaints can manifest themselves in the form of back pain, neck pain or other pain complaints in the musculoskeletal system, but also headaches, various types of abdominal pain and stomach pain. Orthomanual therapy ensures that the spine, pelvis and joints are put back into the correct position. This is done through gentle movements that are mainly performed with the hands. Sometimes a hammer and a hammer, or as children also call it, a chisel, are also involved. However, the treatment itself cannot be called painful, there are sometimes moments when it is equally unpleasant, but due to the gentle method of treatment, this treatment is also very tolerable for small children and even babies. The after-pains (stiffness or a tight feeling) are usually quite minimal in children because the tissue is still very flexible.

After an initial extensive examination in which the position of the spine and joints is examined, between 3 and 6 treatments of approximately half an hour follow in which the vertebrae and the skeleton are brought back into the correct position. A clear reduction in complaints in children can often be observed during the treatments.

In which cases are good results frequently achieved with orthomanual therapy?

Of course, it is always a good idea to first have your child examined by a general practitioner or possibly pediatrician. However, orthomanual therapy can offer a solution in the following situations, these are just a few examples.

  • seems off balance due to a hard fall or continues to complain of vague complaints such as headache and stomach ache . Especially as a parent, you are often powerless in such cases because there is little you can do about these types of pain. What the pediatrician and general practitioner could not solve after more than a year of fiddling around, the orthomanual doctor did in two weeks! Such vague complaints that have no directly identifiable cause are often dismissed as school illnesses, but who knows, your child may actually have complaints.
  • In children with growing pains . An incorrect position of the musculoskeletal system can cause pain in the limbs that is often dismissed as growing pains. In this case, remove the cause and the pain will also disappear
  • In babies with a preferred position . In this case, the baby almost always turns with his head to one side. This may be related to other things, but it is also possible that the upper cervical vertebrae are not in the right place, making it more comfortable for your baby to turn to one side. The result of this is that, despite all the good advice from the consulate, he/she will end up with a crooked skull. The therapy to straighten this sheath with a correction helmet is expensive, while straightening the cervical vertebrae through orthomanual therapy also ensures that the cause is removed.
  • Crybabies . These babies often suffer from blocked upper cervical vertebrae. By removing the cause, crying is often reduced and your baby can then continue to develop in a healthy way.
  • Babies with a lot of colic or who spit up a lot. The upper cervical vertebrae are important for a good sucking and swallowing reflex. If these vertebrae are not positioned properly, it can cause a number of problems. In this case, treatment can certainly provide a solution.

Is the treatment reimbursed by the health insurer?

Health insurers usually reimburse these treatments under the additional package, in many cases you are even entitled to full reimbursement for the treatments, which usually cost around 70.00 per session.

What can be said against it?

The Quackery Foundation indicates that, as far as research has been done, no difference has ever been found between the effectiveness of physiotherapy and manual therapy. Manual therapy is therefore still seen by many doctors as an alternative therapy. However, this attitude of regular doctors is starting to change and more and more doctors are indicating that such treatment can indeed have an effect. However, the experiences of parents who did take their children to the othomanual doctor speak volumes, with a relatively simple and painless (not always pleasant but painless) treatment, many vague complaints were resolved, sometimes complaints that had been encountered for years.