Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, non-invasive, yet effective type of hands-on body treatment that is helpful for infants and children as well as adults. It is an assessment tool plus corrective and preventive treatment. A newborn CST session can minimize or eliminate the repercussions of difficult births and help ensure good health for well babies. All babies should receive newborn Craniosacral evaluations and treatments as soon as possible after birth. Children should continue to receive pediatric CST periodically throughout childhood as they adapt to the process of growing up.


A Typical Pediatric CST Session:

Children rest fully clothed on a massage table or in my lap or their parent's lap. Sometimes children sit, crawl, walk, stand or play with toys on the floor during the treatment. They don’t need to hold still.


I adapt my techniques to the attention span and needs of the child. I monitor the craniosacral rhythm with my hands. I conduct other gentle assessments and correct the sources of pain and dysfunction using gentle manipulative techniques.


Sometimes children release emotions or cry during treatments, but the techniques do not hurt babies and children. Seldom does the pressure exceed five grams (the weight of a nickel). The work is very gentle.


CST treatment sets the stage for the body to most efficiently use its own power to heal. Most children find the sessions to be deeply relaxing. Babies and children will often sleep for a longer stretch than usual after a session.


Getting Born

During the birth process, the baby's head molds to fit through the mother's pelvis. It is normal for the cranial bones to override each other. After birth, these overrides and other accommodations in the baby's skull should not persist. If they do not correct themselves, they can interfere with proper cranial nerve function leading to colic, breathing, swallowing, digestive or sensory-motor impairments and more. Sometimes babies are injured in the birth process. The injuries may be both physical and emotional. CST can address these injuries as well as the effects of precipitous or prolonged labor, vacuum extraction, forceps or cesarean birth.


Surgical Birth

Cesarean birth can be harder on babies than we imagine. Cesarean-born babies have lower Apgar scores, more respiratory distress, more abnormal neurological exams, and more abnormal Craniosacral evaluations. They have more chronic middle ear infections and other problems throughout childhood. The birth process is more abrupt and potentially more frightening than vaginal birth. Surgically born infants have fewer quiet alert periods right after birth and have less opportunity to share bonding time with their mothers who may be unconscious  or recovering in another room. CST can effectively address all of these things.

 

This is Cesarean Birth

This is the same cesarean-born baby, one hour later, after his first CST treatment.

More Reasons to Treat a Child:


Middle Ear Infections

Infant Colic

Headaches

Learning Disabilities

Sensory Integration Problems

Trauma

Breastfeeding Difficulties

Difficult/Fast/Slow birth

Sleep Issues

Autism

Developmental Delays

Chronic Pain

Mobility Concerns

ADD/ADHD

Cerebral Palsy

Genetic Disorders

Neurological Conditions

Reflux

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Craniosacral Therapy Can Help:

  1. BulletFussy, hard to soothe babies

  2. BulletBabies who seem uncomfortable in their bodies

  3. BulletBabies who have digestive or elimination difficulties

  4. BulletReflux

  5. BulletColic

  6. BulletSpitting up

  7. BulletBreastfeeding problems

  8. BulletDifficult latching

  9. BulletLatch problems that contribute to sore nipples for moms

  10. BulletBabies who favor turning their heads to one side

  11. BulletBabies who favor one breast or position for nursing

  12. BulletBabies who seem overly sensitive

  13. BulletBabies who hate tummy time

  14. BulletTeething babies

  15. BulletNon-sleeping babies

Craniosacral Therapy for Infants and Children



You didn’t make it to Infant/Maternal CST Conference 2012?

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Reasons to Treat a Child


Children's bodies are malleable. They can correct easily and quickly because they have spent less time organizing themselves around their physical and emotional restrictions. Left untreated, these restrictions can take more time and effort to correct in adulthood, causing pain and dysfunction in the interim.

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