Craniosacral Therapy for Babies

Craniosacral Therapy can reduce a wide variety of difficulties arising inutero and during birth, many of which do not come to light until a childstarts school. During delivery, the vertebrae may move on top of oneanother and the nerves that exit between these vertebrae can becomecompressed. Creating space and relieving tension especially at the baseof the cranium where the cranial nerves exit and the spine can be helpfulin relieving many infantile problems.

Newborns & Infants

Babies born by caesarean, forceps or vacuum delivery can especiallybenefit from treatment. Even a normal birth can cause restrictions to thehead or spine. Early evaluation and treatment can help release restrictivepatterns that may not be immediately apparent.

At the clinic we have treated babies who have experienced the following: -

  • absense of the sucking reflex
  • breech or transverse in utero position
  • colic and reflux
  • complications during the pregnancy or delivery
  • digestive problems/constipation
  • Feeding difficulties/difficulties latching on
  • Irregular shaped head
  • Recurring ear/chest infections
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Torticollis (difficulty turning head to both sides)

“My newborn baby suffered from colic for several weeks. I was havingto spend hours each night comforting my baby. I took her to Lily forCraniosacral Therapy and she is a different baby after two sessions. Sheis a lot more relaxed, sleeping better and now burps without any effort orpain”.

Siobhán, Mum of two

How does Craniosacral Therapy Support Babies To Feel Better?

CST can assist in gently relieving areas of tightness, opening up thecraniosacral system and improving nerve supply. If there is a restrictionto the nerves; the Vagus Nerve, Hypoglossal, Glossopharyngeal & SpinalAccessory nerve can become interrupted as they exit from between the temporal bone and the occiput (base of the head). Blood flow into the head and drainage of fluid can also become interrupted. In babies,problems with digestion such as colic, impairment of the sucking reflex,and breathing problems can be relieved by ensuring that the nerves haveenough space to work properly.
The craniosacral system develops shortly after conception, when the firstcell divides in the womb and forms a tube which becomes our primalspinal column. These cells then migrate to become different organs andbody systems. The health of our body

 is organised around this midline—our spine. In order to be healthy our joints, bones, muscles, nerves,organs and body systems that the nerves supply need to be free oftension, trauma and injury.
No journey in life is more precious, natural or complex than that ofconception, pregnancy and birth. Birth is a very stimulating journey withmany twists, turns and compressions as the baby passes through thebirth canal and bones of the pelvis. The sutures in the baby’s cranium naturally overlap to reduce the head size as the baby descends. In anormal delivery the baby’s head withstands these forces. The 
bones of the head and face remould within a few days through yawning, sucking,through breast feeding and crying.

When the bones of the cranium are free then the baby can grow anddevelop at ease as the brain, spine and body in general has more space inwhich to develop and function properly. However, difficulties can arise forthe baby if the little bones become compressed or have difficulty releasingnaturally. This can happen in very long or quick births, or if the babyis lying in an unusual position. Caesarean sections and births involvingforceps or suction can lead to problems that aren’t always immediatelyapparent. Even a normal birth can cause restrictions to the head or spine.

Video: Overview of Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy