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: -
“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.
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.
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