One of craniosacral therapy's most appreciated qualities is its capacity to rapidly resolve problems babies have; these include colic, sucking difficulties, sleep problems and behavioural issues.
These are often due to the compression the baby undergoes during birth on the birth canal.
Parents are frequently relieved and amazed by the seemingly miraculous improvements resulting from cranial work, often in just one or two sessions.
As a result of the contractions and passage through the pelvis and the birth canal, babies get very compressed during birth and this can displace things in their bodies. The relatively soft bones of the head move during birth but don't always return to an optimal position, leading to a variety of difficult conditions which, however, respond easily to craniosacral treatment.
Caesarean births and those involving forceps or suction are more likely to lead to symptoms. These are often immediately obvious but sometimes don’t develop until later on.
Many babies experience difficulties through the use of Ventouse extraction, forceps or Caesarean deliveries. Every type of birth has its own compressive patterns on a baby's body, especially its head, and Craniosacral therapy can go a long way to easing these patterns through the therapist's light touch and receptive listening.
Craniosacral therapy can be beneficial to all babies including those free from problem in their births - even when there are no apparent symptoms.
Babies can't speak but that doesn't mean you can't communicate with them. Parents often understand a baby's non-verbal communication. The therapist's appreciation of what things are like for babies and interacting with them using craniosacral therapy plays a big part in making the treatment effective.
CST can help children and adolescents
CST is effective for a wide range of conditions in children and adolescents as well. Sometimes parents bring their child for a ‘tune-up’ to help them feel better overall and to focus on any minor issues.
Childhood and adolescent conditions which have responded well to craniosacral therapy include:
Preventing issues arising later in life
Recent studies involving patients with severe psychological problems has shown that the vast majority had difficult or traumatic births. In some cases, the stresses and strains of the birth can develop into a symptomatic problem.
As well as helping current symptoms, treatment of young children can be helpful in preventing issues arising later in life. Health problems in adults which are linked to their birth or very early experience can be resolved retrospectively. These include:
Being born is one of the most traumatic things we ever go through. It is no wonder that babies can develop stresses and strains as a result. Craniosacral therapists suggest a check up as soon after the birth as possible to alleviate any problems that may have been caused by the birth process.
Babies respond quickly to CST treatment
CST uses a very gentle, touch method to support your babies health. Babies (especially new-borns) tend to respond very quickly and effectively to treatment, especially for conditions such as colic and sleeplessness.
Just like a little seed that can be nurtured with the smallest amount of physical guidance to grow into a healthy plant, so a baby, by the gentlest of encouragement, can be helped to release the stresses and trauma of the birth process and so avoid possible physical and psychological trauma later in life.
And good for mothers too!
Craniosacral Therapy can also be extremely helpful for mothers during pregnancy, labour and after the birth as the body readjusts. It is so gentle that it is suitable for all ages and also in fragile or acutely painful conditions.
How do I find out more about CST for babies, children and mothers?
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