Pediatric Fascial Balancing: School Age & Pre-teens

…previously known as Pediatric Manual Therapy

Children pose a wonderful blend of challenges for manual practitioners: in many ways their bodies have become like adults (as compared with infants or toddlers), however, they are deeply involved in the process of becoming their own selves. Their cognitive, emotional and motor development thrives within a physical system that has established itself before age 5. Now they commence with learning about themselves, others and the world around them. A growing child is generally an active child and manual therapy can help with common injuries or asymmetries in development.

To treat them, we will use a blend of myofascial, visceral and cranial techniques aimed at the relatively healthy child. We will practice assessing and enhancing normal joint range, posture and movement patterns. The touch can be directed at deep or superficial layers, as needed. The amount of force used can be varied to be comfortable and appropriate for the child. It is also non-lubricated, so it can be done on skin or through clothes, without requiring the child to disrobe. Because a child’s nervous system and myofascia are quite pliable and responsive, treatments tend to be short and immediate. This kind of work requires that practitioners continuously assess and respond to their client’s body as it changes.

One of the joys of working with school age children is that we see their individuality and personality emerge. We will discuss how to offer our treatment in ways which emphasize establishing rapport and client empowerment; educating children about their bodies; and acknowledging their family and social environment as an important resource for health.

Topics will include:

  • age-appropriate musculoskeletal assessment, including strategies for scoliosis, pelvic and sacral alignment, and carpal tunnel/TOS (from gaming)
  • strategies for sports-related injuries in children, including ankles, knees, elbows, shoulder and concussion
  • overview of jaw and bite, including strategies for supporting children through the orthodontic process
  • overview of psychosocial hallmarks of this age group, including peer influence, anxiety relating to individuation and awareness of mortality, and emergent sexuality (as it relates to touch and body image)

Please note, we will not address more advanced treatment of children
with special needs or birth defects.

This course is one of a series of classes to be offered in as a “Pediatric Fascial Balancing” class. Other courses are Newborns, Infants & Toddlers, and Preschoolers.  These classes are independent of each other and may be taken in any order.

Previous training in cranial or visceral work is preferable, but not necessary. Class activities will include a clinical portion with child volunteers, multiple demos by instructor, lecture presentation and class discussion.