Children’s Osteopathy

Children’s Osteopathy
Hackney, East London

Childrens Osteopathy London

A paediatric osteopath can
help your kids to thrive

Childrens Osteopathy London

A paediatric osteopath can
help your kids to thrive

Children never stand still but an experienced paediatric osteopath can help them adapt to the changes they are going through.

I have an MSc in Paediatric Osteopathy and I led the development of national guidance for osteopaths who work with children.

I offer cranial osteopathy for children in Hackney, East London. Here’s what you can expect:

Expert insight

I will help you make sense of your child’s symptoms and dig deeper to find the root of the problem.

Personalised care

I will listen to your story to understand what your child is going through and work with you to figure out what they need.

The human touch

I will gently support your child to relax so they can find their way back to their natural state of balance.

What is cranial osteopathy for children?

Cranial osteopathy is a gentle treatment that promotes health through therapeutic touch. It is the manual therapy treatment of choice for children because it is such a gentle approach. Despite the name, its principles and techniques can be applied to the whole body.

How does children’s osteopathy work?

Much of the tension we experience in everyday life comes from the adaptations we have made to things that have happened to us in the past. Children’s bodies are constantly adapting to growth and development, as well as the accidents, injuries and illnesses that happen along the way. This can be challenging at times, so many children can benefit from some help to resolve the minor stresses and strains that can occur as a result.

Children have an amazing ability to compensate and many of the issues they face will resolve on their own in time. However, as the tension in their bodies mounts up over the years, it can start to compromise their capacity for self-maintenance and repair. Addressing any unresolved strains early can help to avoid problems later on.

It does feel weird to be treated in such a non-invasive, gentle and comprehensive way. It’s weird not to feel the manipulation as it happens. But it’s wonderful to realize the problems go away little by little.

Antonella Montressori

What does a paediatric osteopath do?

Paediatric osteopaths are experts at identifying unresolved tension and supporting children to let go of it so their bodies can get back to working as nature intended. They apply a modern scientific understanding of developmental anatomy, physiology and psychology to the use of therapeutic touch.

Cranial osteopaths use their hands to identify areas of tension or imbalance in the child’s body and try to make sense of where it’s come from, what impact it’s having and what kind of support it needs to resolve. During treatment, the osteopath will hold different parts of your child’s body to support them to rebalance. The treatment is very gentle and most children seem to find it relaxing.

Why choose a paediatric osteopath for your child?

Osteopathy is a complete system of manual medicine with its own distinctive way of looking at things. Osteopaths are highly qualified, NHS recognised Allied Health Professionals with their own government appointed regulator, the General Osteopathic Council. They are trained to diagnose and treat independently and know when to refer you to your GP or other specialists. 93% of patients rate their experience of osteopathy as ‘very good’ and 96% have confidence in their osteopath’s treatment and advice.

Every paediatric osteopath in the UK is a registered osteopath. However, children are not just small adults. Specific knowledge and skills are needed to assess and treat them safely and effectively. Choosing an experienced paediatric osteopath with specialist training in children’s osteopathy will give you the confidence your child is in safe hands.

Ben Katz, Paediatric Osteopath

Ben Katz

BOst, MSc, PgCert, FSCCO, FHEA

I believe that osteopathy can make a meaningful difference to every child, whatever challenges they face with their health. I’ve been practising children’s osteopathy in London since 2004 and I enjoy working with families from all walks of life.

Between 2004 and 2013, I studied, worked and taught at the Osteopathic Centre for Children. I completed my MSc in Paediatric Osteopathy in 2006 and joined the faculty in 2007. The OCC is an international centre of excellence for children’s osteopathy and I recently rejoined the team to run its osteopathy service at Barnet Hospital. In the NICU at Barnet, I work with premature babies to help them recover from the challenges associated with being born early.

As a faculty member of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy, I also teach osteopaths who are training to specialise in cranial osteopathy. In addition to the SCCO’s ten module training pathway, I completed James Jealous’ renowned nine year Biodynamics of Osteopathy programme in 2021.

Giving something back to my profession has always been a passion of mine. I am a former President of the Institute of Osteopathy and served as Secretary for the Osteopathic Alliance from its inception. On behalf of the Osteopathic Development Group, I led a multi-stakeholder project to develop Guidance for osteopaths who work with children and young people (2020)

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The Clinic

I practise from Osteopathy East, a modern, purpose-built osteopathic clinic on Mare Street in Hackney, E8. The clinic is fully wheelchair/buggy accessible with step-free access from the street.

Osteopathy East is located mid-way between Victoria Park and Broadway Market, a few minutes walk from London Fields and Cambridge Heath stations. It is easily accessible by bus from Bethnal Green, Old Street and Hackney Central with great transport links to the rest of London.

Book online

If you’re ready to start your journey with paediatric osteopathy, you can check my availability and book online.

Free telephone consultation

If you’re still not sure if osteopathy is right for your child, schedule a free telephone consultation via the link above and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.


I offer cranial osteopathy for:

Older people
Mother and baby


First appointment

60 min initial assessment and treatment


45 min treatment session for existing patients

New patient

60 min initial assessment and treatment
+ two 45 min follow-ups

Returning patient package

Three 45 minute treatment sessions for existing patients


I believe that high quality osteopathic care should be accessible to everyone who needs it. I’m happy to offer fee reductions for students, pensioners and people on benefits, as well as anyone else whose situation justifies it.

If you feel you will struggle to fund your child’s treatment, book a free telephone consultation so we can discuss it.