Children & Adolescents

In the early stages of childhood, it can seem that many of the common infantile problems are simply grown out of, only to be replaced by others as the child grows. Often these other problems which may include headaches, hyperactivity, or E.N.T. afflictions, e.g. ‘glue ear’, could be perceived as natural sequelae to the common infantile problems, as they too can relate to a common causative factor of birth ‘compression’ strains during delivery. It is for this reason that we feel it is very important to deal with every thing as it arises, particularly in young children.

Knocks and bumps

As children grow up, they are prone to many knocks and bumps as they explore their world which can be very traumatic for all. Parents have historically sought gentle manual therapy like cranial sacral treatment and gentle release techniques following the minor sporting strains and aches and pains of these traumatic events. Parents have said that they feel that treatment and support has helped recovery. 

Growing period

In the Western world, increasingly we have a problem of obesity, and this is affecting children as well as adults.
This makes youngsters prone to developing body mass ahead of bone growth and stability. As a result, stresses can develop in the soft ‘growth plate’ areas in the immature skeleton of the limbs and spine, particularly if overweight or well developed youngsters play too much vigorous contact sports, are involved in heavy lifting, or spend much time operating agricultural/ industrial machinery. This can lead to a distortion of the growing frame, accompanied by pain, inflammation, and mobility problems.
Over several decades the craniosacral approach developed by Sutherland and it’s associated gentle release techniques along with a tailored management program, has been sought by parents to support their child’s recovery from such things, so getting back to normal as quickly as possible reducing the time off school and risk of ongoing problems developing.

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Often youngsters are obliged to carry heavy school bags around with them all day. Frequently this will be over one shoulder. Doing this can cause uneven strain to the spine and poor posture, which in time may result in tension headaches, back and shoulder tension and uneven development of the growing spine. Often much time will be spent sitting at badly designed desks, slumped over the computer or on the sofa. The resulting poor posture will add to uneven tensions in the young persons body and may become habitual. Increasingly worried parents have looked to us for the gentle release techniques we offer to help address inbalances of the musculo-skeletal system, along with sensible management of the young person’s diet, posture, exercise and book-load, to improve matters, even in the face of inadequate school furniture and locker facilities!


Many young people today receive orthodontic treatment to correct their bites. This obviously can be very positive in functional and cosmetic benefits. However, as a result of the process, stresses and strains can develop in the face, jaw, neck, and sometimes back of the patient. This may give rise to headaches, neck and back pain – all of which can prove wearisome- and may lead to a general feeling of depression, or being below par and prone to colds and flu. For many years now parents have sought our advice as a supportive benefit complementary to their childs orthodontic program.


Puberty is a difficult time all round! Huge changes are taking place in a young persons body in every way. This is a time when you really need your body to be able to get on with it’s emergence into adulthood, firing on all 4 cylinders, with every component part oiled, aligned and ready to go! Unfortunately, quite often there may be problems with this process that may stem from sources too numerous to mention here, but some may relate to old childhood compressions, perhaps from falls, or maybe even from birth itself, and these can be responsible for turning this natural process into a rough ride. Common symptoms may be tiredness, hyperirritability, depression, mood swings, aggression, withdrawal, and general or specific aches and pains.

Right from the very early years of the development of Sutherland’s gentle cranial sacral approach parents have sought help and advice from their family practitioner for their adolescents at this difficult time of life. Gentle manual therapeutic support along with proper diet and management they say has made puberty a lot more comfortable for everyone!

Popular school pranks like pulling a chair away as someone is about to sit down, can be dangerous, and cause potential compression and distortion of the still growing sacrum and coccyx at the base of the victims spine. This will likely cause pain at the time, and the trauma can often result in uneven spinal and pelvic growth to the soft growing bones; disturbed function not infrequently manifesting as head aches, neck pain, and bladder, bowel or reproductive problems in the years to come. Often common complaints such as depression, constipation, and painful periods can be a result of the disturbed pelvic function that may have occurred as a result of a fall onto the base of the spine as a child.

Historically parents and young patients have increasingly sought the services of a skilled cranial sacral practitioner for support following such traumas to the developing body, reporting that this has given them greater comfort and relief from pain.

By working with these problems as they occur, we believe that the body structure is better able to develop normally. We also believe that a body structure able to grow to its full functional potential is probably less likely to fall prey to early degenerative and arthritic processes, and more likely to remain strong and healthy throughout life giving a better quality of life.

We do not however, subscribe to the old adage that youngsters will simply ‘grow out’ of their problems, we believe that the cause should be found and resolved as soon and as thoroughly as possible, so as to prevent the problem becoming set in their developing structure.

In our opinion, many chronic problems we are asked to treat in adults started to develop in childhood, most often as a result of early trauma.