Osteopaths make an assessment of the function of the bones, joints and soft tissues of the body, which includes the bones of the spine, neck, head and face.
There are several ways an osteopath can potentially help influence the position of the teeth and jaw, particularly during the rapid growth and development of children.
- The posture of the patient impacts on the position of the lower jaw bone. Careful assessment of the posture, with treatment advice and exercises to improve things can set the scene for good long term head neck and jaw alignment. Poor head and neck relationships can also add to the possibility of headaches for people of all ages.
- Osteopaths believe that trauma, in the form of local bumps and bashes to the head can influence both the head-neck position, and the capacity of the joints between the skull bones to freely accommodate the normal movements of growth and development.