Craniosacral Therapy For Babies and Children
One of Craniosacral therapy's most appreciated qualities is its capacity to help resolve problems babies may have resulting from their birth experience.
During birth the bones in a baby’s head are designed to overlap and absorb the stresses of a normal delivery, their little body twists and turns to make its’ passage through the birth canal as easy as possible.
Many babies are born with odd shaped heads as a result of these compression's. Over the first few days this moulding gradually releases, aided by feeding, crying, yawning and of course love and nurture from mum and dad.
Sometimes however, the forces from birth are too overwhelming, and the bones of the head are unable to release naturally. When coupled with external factors during and after birth, (caesarean section, ventouse, forceps, etc) which are often beyond the parents’ control, babies may suffer from a degree of birth trauma and general discomfort from these unresolved stresses.
Babies who find it hard to settle may be suffering from a degree of shock from their birth experience (mum and/or dad can also be experiencing something similar). If they were separated from mum at birth for a medical necessity, they may still be caught in the intensity, discomfort and emotion of that moment.
Craniosacral Therapy works by helping to release the compressions and shock caused during the birth process. A gentle palpation (not massage) is used to encourage the bones and connective tissue to help release.
Attention is also paid to the subtle body language of the baby: certain repetitive habits or movements can be a way for them to help relieve and express their discomfort. The baby’s own ‘voice’ and experience is being listened to, the contact is gentle and led by the needs of the baby at that moment. Mum and/or dad are always present and in most situations hold baby during the treatment.
Sometimes babies release emotions or cry during treatment: this is completely natural and in no way hinders the treatment or causes your baby discomfort.
As a new parent there is the assumption that you will automatically fall in love with your new baby. Sometimes, challenging factors such as post natal depression, a stressful home life, a difficult birth or even just the overwhelm of being a new parent may disrupt the bonding process. At Birth Matters we recognise that a family is grown and not made; bonding takes time, and is unique within each relationship. The therapeutic space is a safe and natural environment where these primary relationships can grow and develop.
HOW CAN CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY HELP WHEN WORKING WITH BABIES AND CHILDREN?
- Colic and digestive problems i.e. wind
- Excessive crying
- Difficult or assisted births
- Restlessness and irritability
- Feeding and suckling difficulties
- Sleep disturbances
- Overly sensitive babies
- Plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome)
- Ear infections and glue ear
- Behavioural Problems
As practitioners and mothers ourselves we appreciate the natural and often overwhelming concern you may have for your baby when they are in obvious discomfort and yet as a parent you are seemingly unable to help. We pride ourselves in taking as much time as you need to answer any questions or concerns you may have about Craniosacral Therapy and how it may benefit your child.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY FOR CHILDREN
Todays fast paced and hectic lives, both in and out of school, can place considerable pressure and stress on our children. Children are often brought for Craniosacral Therapy with the following symptoms;
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
- Teeth and jaw mis-alignment
- Fears and phobias
- Slow or difficult speech
- Sleeplessness and night terrors
- Lack of confidence
- Learning difficulties
- Sinus and breathing difficulties
- Frequent illnesses