Osteopaths with a focus on paediatrics see:

  • Families seeking information on normal growth and development of babies

  • Babies needing assistance after birth

  • Toddlers

  • Children needing rehabilitation after injury or post- surgery

  • Children with chronic conditions, other physical impairments, or difficulties relating to their growth, development, postures or movement.

An assessment performed by an osteopath with a focus on paediatrics may include the following clinical components:

  • Discussion of your child’s case history to assist with diagnosis and understanding. This involves an obstetric and birth history for babies

  • Screening for impediments in movement, coordination, and balance. Osteopaths with a focus on paediatrics use physical[1], orthopaedic[2], neurological[3] and functional[4] tests designed for children to identify issues in developmental, age-specific milestones

  • Observation of your child during leisure, while interacting with others or performing activities, if required

  • Discussion of child health issues of concern to you or your child

  • Discussion of developmental milestones, requirements for optimal development, and functional capabilities relevant to your child’s age and sex

  • Consideration of biological, social and psychological contributing factors in the lifestyle of your child, if issues needing clinical intervention have been identified

  • Determination of an appropriate child health referral pathway, as required

  • Discussion of your family goals and child’s goals. This assists in providing tailored therapeutic interventions

  • Discussion of age or developmentally appropriate manual therapy treatments that can be offered to your child and other health interventions.

Osteopaths with a focus on paediatrics may provide personalised treatment and work in association with a range of other healthcare professionals. They may provide education, information, or learning sessions relating to the identified clinical and functional needs of a baby, infant, child or family.



Osteopaths with a focus on paediatrics may also design programs around the needs of a baby, infant, child or family incorporating child-focused clinical advice, aerobic and strengths training, prescription of age-appropriate activities, aids or toys that aim to encourage and maintain age-appropriate movement and functional skill.


Osteopaths with a focus on paediatrics regularly give referrals to and work with medical practitioners, paediatricians, maternal and child health nurses, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists and other professionals in meeting the needs of babies, infants, children and their families.

Osteopathy Australia's Clinical Practice Group (CPG) in paediatrics exists to recognise osteopaths with further skills in paediatric clinical care. Click here to find out more about our CPGs. 


[1] Physical tests are used to assess anatomy and range of motion in regions of the body.

[2] Orthopaedic tests are used to assess joint function and joint abnormalities.

[3] Neurological tests are used to assess the function of the nervous system.

[4] Functional tests are used to assess movement patterns and patient capacity to perform various activities.

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