Hips & Thighs

Traumatic Delivery

Cranial osteopaths have been treating babies who have had such things as a; long delivery, the head being engaged for a long time, Ventouse delivery or forceps delivery. All these can cause the head to be misshapen. There have not been studies into whether osteopathy can help but the countless number of parents who bring their children to see a cranial osteopath to help relieve problems caused by forceps or Ventouse delivery and colic shows the belief parents have in cranial osteopathy.


  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Crying uncontrollably and difficult to be comforted (medically diagnosed as 3 hours of crying, for 3 days of the week, for 3 weeks. But this is thought to be too narrow a definition by many).
  • Lifting the legs up and in towards the stomach

Link to the babycentre giving information on assisted deliveries

Hamstring Strain

The hamstring muscles (group of 3) run from the back of the knee up to the bottom of your pelvis. The muscles assist in many movements but their main action is to bend the knee, pulling the heel towards the bottom. They are commonly shortened through a lack of stretching both before and/or after exercise. They can be damaged through over-stretching or over use whilst playing sport or in the gym.


  • Change to gait
  • Tenderness and pain – especially whilst stretching
  • Feeling that ‘it’s going to go’ where the muscle strain has occurred

Article from ‘DrFoot’

Growing Pains

These often come on from 7-12 years of age and affect 20-45% of children. It is often caused through muscle pain rather than growth of bones and is made worse after a particularly athletic day.


  • Pain in the afternoon and night but not every day
  • Pain in the thighs or calves but the joints appear normal
  • Growing pains are diagnosed by ruling other more serious conditions out. So if unsure please see your GP or visit us for a full medical case history

Article from KidsHealth