Osteopath Mum

Local Mum and cranial osteopath Marie Pitchie-Cooper blogs for us about cranial oesteopathy for families

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Jan 2023

Is your baby showing signs of being unsettled?
A baby being unsettled can sometimes look like: thrashing at night, general unsettledness/uncomfortableness, pulling legs up to the tummy and disrupted sleep.

Unsettledness may be a result of a feeding-related issue like tongue tie, which can impact breast feeding. Other reasons include: taking in air when feeding, poor latch, allergies, intolerances, restrictions in the neck and the birthing process.

Osteopathy can help!
Firstly, cranial osteopaths take a complete case history. We’ll want to hear about your child’s birth, their development and of course, their symptoms. Following this, we’ll assess if your baby has accommodated the birth process well, or if there is a legacy from that event.

As osteopaths, we can identify key areas of dysfunction and anomalies within your child’s body. We assess how comfortable the cranial bones feel (do they need support in moulding). We also look at feeding mechanisms, examine the gut and much, much more!

Your osteopath will use a gentle treatment approach called Cranial Osteopathy to improve tongue mechanics. They will also loosen any neck restrictions and work on the diaphragm and thorax - which helps the pressure within the torso. These treatments also help to regulate your baby’s nervous system and will improve alignment and their ability to rest.

About Marie

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Marie has a Masters degree from the British School of Osteopathy (now renamed UCO). 

She also undertook post graduate training in Cranial Osteopathy with Sutherland Cranial College. Marie was awarded a diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy from the Foundation of Paediatric Osteopathy and continues to volunteer within the children’s clinic (The Osteopathic Centre for Children). Marie’s qualifications, along with her lived experience as a mother, have enabled her to develop into a highly skilled and highly empathic children’s Osteopath.

Marie is also an APPI Pilates Instructor and is presently undertaking continued studies in Women’s Health with Mummy M.O.T. She is a registered Osteopath with both the General Osteopathic Council and the Institute of Osteopathy.

Prior to becoming an Osteopath, Marie was an Occupational Therapist and has always had a desire to treat patients holistically. Marie covers environmental, nutritional, & mental factors as well as the physical aspects of care. 

It is Marie’s mission and philosophy to help relieve symptoms and to restore balance and function within the body by adopting a natural and holistic approach, so you can continue to enjoy the freedom of physical movement. 

Marie Pitchie-Cooper
Body Zest
Tel: 01737 373684

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