It’s exam time again, with thousands of young people revising and cramming in order to pass those all important school exams. Whether you have a young family member working towards common entrance, or older children taking GCSE or ‘A’ levels, it can be a stressful time for the whole family.
We often see teenagers and children with ‘tension’ type problems across their shoulder girdle, upper back and necks at this time of year. Some of our patients will come in with headaches and migraines, which have often been exacerbated by studying for long periods of time at a computer, or worse, slumped on their beds with a lap top on their knees.
Carrying school bags of heavy books can result in low back and shoulder problems, and added to the levels of general anxiety, patients often find themselves distressed and uncomfortable at the very time they need to be functioning well. All this, in conjunction with growth spurts and hormones. It’s a lot for any young person to have to to deal with!
Here at Kettering Osteopaths we are happy to treat students of all ages. We are aware that teenagers are not often forthcoming when they are not feeling on top form, and they often find it difficult to explain that they are a bit ‘up tight’, both emotionally and physically. Gentle osteopathic treatment can often help to relieve some of the mechanical stresses and strains associated with long hours of study, and we are also able to offer advice about the best ways to position computers and laptops to reduce postural strain.
We will always take a full case history and undertake a thorough biomechanical assessment of all patients, to ensure that there is nothing else contributing to the presenting symptoms before beginning treatment.
At Kettering Osteopaths we have a team of male and female osteopaths, so all of our patients have a choice of practitioners. All of our osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council, and treatment is covered by most health insurance policies. A GP referral is not necessary, although many doctors do refer patients to us. We seek parental permission for the treatment of all children under the age of 16, but older children may be treated without a parent present if they are comfortable to attend for treatment unaccompanied.