Pediatric osteopathy can help with serious conditions, such as epilepsy and autism.
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Speaker: The variety of problems that Pediatric Osteopathy can treat is extraordinary as well as more common childhood ailments here, the Osteopathic Center For Children, their work has also proved to be effective with more serious conditions like autism, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy. The treatment for these children aims to support their recovery by alleviating their symptoms and making them easier to manage. Karen Carroll: Here, we have certainly a number of severe conditions, we see children with epilepsy, quite chronic severe epilepsy and so the mild forms. We see children with cerebral palsy, children who have Down syndrome and other genetic conditions where they don't even have a name. And treatment is not going to cure the condition but what we hope to do is to have that child function as best they possibly can within the problems that they have. Speaker: This is 8 month old Kai, who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. His mother Amy brought him to the OCC to see if they could help him with the loss of movement in his right arm. He was also very distressed and having problem sleeping. Amy has already noticed an enormous difference in Kai's condition since he has been to the center. Amy Surrey: When he was a baby he never used to move his arm, his right arm until today. And now he is just -- he is starting to use it and play with things, trying to hold his bottle, he is really trying to move it. It was just like a stiff before and he held it back, he is right on me and starting to use a lot more, since he has been coming here like -- and he has been kicking his legs a lot more. Karen Carroll: When you see a child with cerebral palsy, this cerebral palsy maybe affecting different areas so it maybe as mild as just one tight arm or it may leave them very chronically affected, very severely affected. And again, there we are just looking to give them the best quality of life that they can have and to get their function as good as it can be for them and their health as good as it can be for them. Speaker: Pediatric Osteopathy is a very gentle manual technique that works to make sure the body's framework is in alignment, allowing a good blood enough supply to internal organs. And relieving any tension in muscle and bones that could be restricting movement. This is particularly important where there is a physical disability such as Kai's cerebral palsy. Four year old Joe also has this condition as well as severe epilepsy, sometimes suffering from over a hundred fits a day. Since being treated at the OCC, Joe's seizures have been dramatically reduced. Tessa Adie: He is just generally a happier, much more contented child. He is beginning to learn more as well. There is nothing you can really put finger on, it's just everything has come together. Karen Carroll: With epilepsy, most of our children that we see will be on medication and that affects the brain as it's supposed to but it can also affect how the brain develop, some at very subtle level. So again, what we're trying to do with those children is to really encourage their systems to work within the medication and sometimes, having a fit can be quite a shock to the system. We talk about things in terms of feelings and quality, it's a bit like a wine master might talk about different tastes of wine. They might say, wine is chocolaty or peppery. Well, we talk about tissues being dense or hard or shock or irritable, and some people who have recently had an epileptic fit, the tissues -- the coverings of the brain, I mean they just can feel very, very irritable. Speaker: Luca is three-and-a-half years old. He was born at just 30 weeks and has mild cerebral palsy as a result of the brain hemorrhage at birth. He also has to live with a cyst on the left side of his brain and needs help to keep his movements coordinated. Hind Estefanos: The cyst is affecting his right side of the body and mostly the legs. So it affects his balance mainly and we do physiotherapy with him but