Growth and development in the teenage years can be a rocky road. Skeletal growth is often sporadic and may at times be quite rapid. This can upset previous imbalances or exaggerate existing strain patterns through the body, resulting in spinal or joint pain, muscular pain and tension headaches.

Factors such as increasing computer work; carrying heavy school bags; increasingly demanding sporting activity; hormonal changes and educational pressure can all increase tension in the body and affect the developing spine. Teenagers also often slouch and have poor posture.

In addition, orthodontic work can change the mechanics around the face and cranium, which can upset the balance of the motion in the cranial bones and upset patterns through the body.

As an osteopath I gently support the body to develop free of stress and strain supporting optimum balanced growth both physically and emotionally.