ostéopathie pour nouveau-né

Perinatal osteopathy: a proven method to relieve baby's ailments


Ostéopathe pendant une séance d'ostéopathie périnatale

As you know, at Élhée our fundamental objective is baby well-being. And who says well-being, says sufficient and quality sleep, healthy food and in quantity, but also serenity.

However, if the birth of a child is one of the few powerful and magical moments of a life, it happens that it is accompanied by small hassles and disorders that can complicate or even spoil the first weeks of baby. Infant colic, sleep disorders, eating disorders or even bronchiolitis, may remind you of a few choppy nights punctuated by distraught looks.

Nevertheless, the 21st century and its many advances in health, offers different alternatives to young parents who seek to relieve the ailments of their young child. Osteopathy is one of them. More exactly theperinatal osteopathy, holistic discipline, dedicated to the well-being of infants and young (or future) mothers.

To learn more about this 100% natural treatment method based on a deep knowledge of the human body, we had the pleasure of meeting Olivier Darmont, certified osteopath specialized in perinatal care. His interview can be found in the IGTV category of our Instagram account Élhée.


What is osteopathy?

Very fashionable in recent years, osteopathy is more and more often cited as THE solution to many ailments : stress, chronic fatigue, back, abdominal and gynecological pain, migraine, but also functional sterility. Discipline is also cited as a valuable aid in childbirth preparation and infant care.

Non-invasive, osteopathy is a manual and natural treatment technique.

Son but ? preserve or restore by different manipulation techniques, the optimal functioning and physical and physiological balance of the body.

For the osteopath, the body is a whole on which the slightest dysfunction can have global repercussions. Thus, the discipline treats - or prevents - pain and functional disorders with the aim of general well-being. The reasons for consultation are therefore numerous and can relate to a problem or discomfort of:

  • skeletal,
  • articular,
  • muscular,
  • visceral,
  • respiratory,
  • circulatory
  • nervous…

According to Olivier Darmont, osteopathy can be defined as a " therapeutic art which aims to preserve, restore and improve the state of health "

A specialty different from physiotherapy

Sometimes confused — and for good reason, the two disciplines are based on the manipulation of the body with the hands — osteopathy and physiotherapy have distinct and complementary particularities.

As part of a postpartum consultation, for example: the osteopath promotes the physical recovery of the young mother after childbirth by restoring mobility to the body and tissues (especially in the pelvis and pelvic tissues). It thus restores a good working balance.

The physiotherapist for his part, intervenes on the rehabilitation and muscle strengthening component, for example at the level of the perineum.

From a legal point of view, physiotherapists are health professionals governed by the Health Code. Their actions can be covered by Social Security.

Osteopaths as liberal professionals, provide care not reimbursed by Social Security, but increasingly better supported by complementary health insurance.

Consult an osteopath from birth, is it possible?

It is authorized and even recommended! Olivier Darmont has also made a specialty of what he calls "check-ups" of very small babies from 10 or 15 days old. According to him, this first consultation would be the most important and could thus — in the majority of cases, when all goes well — be the only one.

It is important to remember that theperinatal osteopathy is a very gentle discipline, far from the contortions and crunches that we tend to imagine. Moreover, the majority of babies appreciate this work done for their well-being and many parents to come out of osteopathy practices, amazed by the speed of appeasement of their newborn.

To relieve the possible traumas during a difficult birth, many osteopaths now plead for a pediatric osteopathic consultation from the first days of life.

How does a pediatric osteopathy session take place?

Seance d'ostéopathie chez le nourrisson, massage du pied

To find out in detail what to expect when you go to your first appointment with a baby osteopath, make yourself comfortable on the sofa with a coffee, connect to the Instagram account of the bibRond Élhée and let yourself be carried away by the words and passion of Olivier Darmont. He is still the one who speaks best about his profession.

Here is a condensed version of his explanations. Rest assured, a perinatal appointment with the osteopath is neither complex nor traumatic, quite the contrary.

  1. Trading time

It all starts with a dialogue with the parent(s) present. If you were not followed before and during your pregnancy, now is the time for you totalk about the last 9 months and talk about your delivery, how it happened, but also how you experienced it. Bring as many items as you have such as your medical file, obstetric follow-up file and your health record.

  1. Baby Watching Time

It is now the baby's turn to "discuss" with his osteopath. When lying down, he is relaxed. His body and his natural posture then give many indications to the specialist. Olivier Darmont told us here to start with the lower body — small feet wide open, mobile knees, pelvis in the axis, density of the belly — then go up towards the shoulders, the arms and the skull, scrutinizing at every moment, the breathing, mobility, flexibility and harmony of each area and of the body in general.

  1. Handling time

After having carried out the classic clinical tests to find out if the toddler is in good health and if he can take care of him, the osteo baby performs his osteopathic assessment which relates to the general balance of the newborn. He identifies what is blocked, tight, unbalanced or not in place ” and, using different techniques that are always gentle, releases attachment points, relieves tension and promotes tissue relaxation for good growth.

Following this first perinatal consultation, a therapeutic plan can be set up according to the infant's needs. At the same time, the effects of the first appointment are not long in being felt, often within hours for very young babies.

Ideally, a follow-up consultation will be set up at the time of food diversification (around 5 months) in order to check the correct placement of the diaphragm, the esophagus, the proper functioning of the stomach and rule out any risk. of colic.

Each major stage in your child's life, his first steps or later the start of his schooling, will be so many opportunities to meet your osteopath again.

Olivier Darmont's advice :

« We all have our manipulative digestion abilities. Newborn babies have a much faster digestion capacity. A baby who is better can relax instantly and show a more meaningful well-being and a more serene sleep very early on. »

What baby ailments can be relieved by osteopathy?

Ostéopathie périnatale avec Olivier Darmont

Osteopathy is therefore not a magical science. It has its roots in the heart of thousand-year-old teachings and its popularity with the relief and well-being felt by patients. But what about the newborn? What ailments, disorders and tensions can be relieved by a perinatal osteopathy session for babies?


GERD (gastroesophageal reflux) is characterized by a rise in the food bolus fairly quickly after eating a meal. This problem, well known to pediatricians, may be due to an immaturity of the digestive system, but also to a mechanical problem related to the diaphragm or the valve located at the junction between the esophagus and the stomach. Sometimes complicated to manage, food reflux causes tears, pain and concern for parents.

Osteopathy is indicated for check that there is no pressure, no blockage, which would cause digestive difficulties.

A change of milk for bottle-fed babies, the use of adapted teats such as the physiological teat, or slightly raising the head of the young child in bed can also help.

Sucking difficulties

If breastfeeding is a real moment of tenderness and privileged intimacy between a mother and her baby, it can happen that its implementation is complicated by certain difficulties of position, or of taking the breast.

A visit to the osteopath can help you relieve your guilt and better understand the situation. After checking that there are no physical problems such as a tongue tie that is too tight, the therapist will observe your infant and determine, for example, if he can open your mouth enough, and at mobility of his head is sufficient to adopt a comfortable position and if the sucking reflex is properly installed.

To make it easier to latch on, try different breastfeeding positions (cradle, saddle, lying on your side, etc.) and put a few drops of milk on your nipple, but above all, give yourself all the time you need.

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Infant colic

From the first weeks of life, infant colic can set in. At the end of the day and at bedtime, baby cries a lot, his face is red, he is tense… everything about him indicates severe pain.

An osteo session — always performed gently — can unblock the infant's bowel and pelvis by allowing better placement and optimal functioning of the organs of digestion.

Here too, a change of milk or the adoption of anti-colic teats can be beneficial. A new session can also be scheduled at the time of food diversification for a free belly and without constraint.

Sleeping troubles

In infants, sleep disorders have various origins that are not always easy to identify. Colic, constipation, ENT pain, torticollis, discomfort in the lying position... After a time of careful observation and using slow and delicate movements, the perinatal osteopath, by manipulating the baby, will be able to bring him a significant and lasting relief.


Plagiocephaly — or flat head syndrome — can be seen on one side or the back of a baby's skull. It settles at the time of childbirth in case of difficulties during the passage, can be a consequence of the use of instruments (spatulas, forceps, suction cups…) that of a preference of the child for one side or another, being linked to torticollis in infants or even resulting from a significant amount of time spent on the back.

Again, by gentle and safe handling, the osteopath will be able to prevent and correct cranial dysfunction and associated torticollis if it exists, for a better balance of the infant's corn.

Since 1994, the High Authority for Health recommends sleeping newborns on their backs, in order to considerably reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. However, during the day it is important to stimulate them for their awakening, but also to avoid the appearance of plagiocephaly.

In this regard, babywearing is a solution that is increasingly popular with specialists and parents for its practicality and multiple benefits. In his sling, baby is in motion, close to you and constantly stimulated. The vertical position is also an important factor for better digestion, good breathing and the work of the posture of the head.

Finally, carrying baby offers a smooth transition after childbirth and its 9 months of mother/child fusion, as well as a good alternative to sleeping on the back and therefore, a ready-made solution to flat head syndrome.

From birth to 15 kg, Studio Romeo offers, for example, physiological wraps in 100% organic cotton. What prolong the bond created in utero by the practice of skin to skin.


Each year, bronchiolitis brings many parents and babies to the doors of pediatric emergencies. Also, there is a great debate as to the best way to treat this respiratory condition with sometimes impressive symptoms.

Rehabilitation with the physiotherapist is one of them. However, to facilitate the work, the osteopath can be consulted upstream. His intervention will allow a better baby breathing, speak release of tensions installed in the diaphragm.

Olivier Darmont's advice :

« In osteopathy we treat a person, we do not treat a symptom. The rhythm of consultation is therefore dependent patient, dependent infant. However, by consulting twice a year, you improve your state of health and make smart prevention. »

Should I consult an osteopath specialized in perinatal care?

When choosing your practitioner, the most important thing is the trust you place in them. Have confidence in their abilities and choices. All osteopaths are able to offer a quality session to an infant. If this is not the case, the right professional will be able to recommend you to a more competent or specialized colleague.

In the same way, listen to your feelings and those of your baby. If you are not comfortable enough, if you do not agree with what the osteopath you are consulting is saying or doing, or if your baby cannot relax, change offices until to find the right person.

Pregnancy and perinatal osteopathy: the right to get better, all the time

Nourrisson qui se fait masser le dos chez l'ostéopathe après la naissance

As a perinatal osteopath, Olivier Darmont kindly – and effectively – enlightened us on the practice of a therapeutic specialty that deserves to be known. According to him, osteopathy offers everyone the " right to get better " at any time, and especially when a woman is pregnant. So you can consult an osteopath specialized in perinatal care before, during and after your pregnancy.

Before, discuss with him or her your desire for a child. Perinatal osteopathy can be part of the solutions to fight against infertility and beneficial support throughout, for example, an IVF protocol (in vitro fertilization).

During pregnancy, a good frequency of consultation can be one appointment at each ultrasound with a last consultation about 1 month before the expected term, and this, for a good preparation for childbirth.

Finally, postpartum osteopathy is of great help, in particular to promote good physical recovery, prevent the adherence of scars in the event of cesarean section, promote the return of each organ to its place, find harmonious support, rebalance the center of gravity… Your first appointment can take place from 15 days to 1 month following an uncomplicated physiological delivery.

Also, never forget that theosteopath is entirely at your disposal. In the event of a difficult or traumatic childbirth, after an emergency caesarean section… it is quite possible to avoid certain painful areas at first.

After this beautiful interview for which we still warmly thank Olivier Darmont, in our opinion, perinatal osteopathy should be systematically recommended, what do you think?

Picture credits:

Olivier Darmont – Pexel – Unsplash and Constance Bonnotte, professional photographer for the featured image.

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