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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Children with Down Syndrome

Osteopathic medicine relies on the principle that body structure and function are in a dynamic relationship with each other. They influence and affect one another. There is an old axiom about “form follows function” but in osteopathy, “function follows form.”

Let’s look at some of the genetic issues surrounding DS where structure is affected and consequently function, then at how manipulative treatments can help a child. Keep in mind, not all children with DS have these issues, but they often have one or more.

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Newborns with Down Syndrome

Osteopathy is the medical discipline of re-establishing and maintaining the natural relationship of bones, muscles, membranes, tissues and fluids within the body. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) supports the body in such a way that it can encourage the body to heal itself. OMT is a safe, gentle, non-invasive form of manipulation.

Infants often fall asleep during treatment, but they can also squirm and shift around during treatment which helps them release problem areas.

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