One of the most exciting aspects of craniosacral therapy is in the treatment of babies and children who have suffered cranial distortion before, during or soon after birth. Even natural, problem free births are the most stressful event of our lives and can cause an imbalance in a baby’s system. 

As this treatment is so gentle, enjoyable for parents and baby and totally risk free, I believe that all babies would benefit from having a check up soon after birth.

Sleep disturbances, headaches or head-banging may be due to an tightness in the cranium. Thumb sucking is often an unconscious attempt to try to free restrictions which involve the hard palate. Inertia held in the jaw and hard palate can create feeding problems and can often be a cause of overcrowding of teeth. Sinus problems can result from compression which involve the bones at the front of the head, runny nose, problems with the tear ducts or hay fever.

Pressure on the cranial nerves may be a result of compression of the small openings through which they gain exit from the skull. Examples of such conditions that could show are wind and colicky pains, colic and difficulties with swallowing and feeding.

If a newborn cries too much, refuses food, is stiff and difficult to handle, has sleeping problems, has swallowing difficulty or even shows a district preference to lie on one side, or not to lie on its back, or is dopey and just ‘too good’, taking no interest in anything, or rubs or bangs its head, or fails to develop normally, then chances are that there is a cranial distortion. All such children may well benefit from a visit to a craniosacral therapist.

Older children who get ‘worked up’ over tests may also benefit from craniosacral therapy to help them to relax and sleep.

Craniosacral therapy may be of benefit for the following symptoms:

  1. *   Excessive crying

  2. *   Feeding difficulties

  3. *   Jumpy, tense

  4. *   Irritability and/or wakefulness

  5. *   Difficulty with suckling or wants to suck constantly   

  6. *   Persistent coughs and cold/respiratory problems

  7. *   Colic and other digestive problems   

  8. *   Glue ear   

  9. *   Hyperactivity   

  10. *   Recurrent ear infections

  11. *   Head banging

  12. *   Constant rocking

  13. *   Sensitivity around the head - not liking the head touched or           hair combed.

  14. *   Plagiocephaly (flat head)  

Examination of your children by a craniosacral therapist may be not only curative but also helpful in preventing problems later in life; it is thought that some depressions, migraine and sinusitis, recurrent ear infections, spinal and pelvic pain may sometimes be traced back to what happened at birth.

Please note that craniosacral therapy is an adjunct to traditional medical care, not a substitute for it.

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