CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY FOR NEWBORNS, INFANTS & CHILDREN
MS, LMT,CST, NMT, MLD
With whispering fingertips, therapists say they can hold a space for healing chronic problems in little ones, from colic to irritability and it is called CranioSacral Therapy.
No journey in life is as complex as the one that brings us into it. Childbirth can certainly be a challenge for Mom, yet it barely compares to the shock and potential long-term effects in store for the infant or child.
Thankfully, with CranioSacral Therapy, there is a way to soothe your baby that offers even more than comfort and relief. It is the gentle form of compassionate touch and it can forge a lifetime of good health.
Correcting a small imbalance at birth or soon after can often prevent problems later. For example, ADD and ADHD have shown improvements in some studies. Dr. John Upledger, who developed CranioSacral Therapy, has worked with newborn babies to evaluate cranial base compression. Cranial base compression can occur with C-section deliveries or other difficult deliveries. Cranial base compression can compromise the Vagus Nerve, resulting in sucking, eating, digestive problems and irritability. These difficulties are often referred to as 'gastroesophageal reflux' in infants. When the cranial base is decompressed in these infants by a CranioSacral Therapist, these problems go away very quickly.
CranioSacral Therapy often relieves mysterious maladies, ones that have no specific diagnosis in western medicine. For example, feeling out of sync with one's self or having low immunity for no obvious reason.
CranioSacral Therapy is a very light touch with new born babies and infants, usually less than 5 grams or in other words
less than the weight of a nickel. Therapists work on the hydraulic like fluid involved with the nervous system, often cradling the head, sacrum, cranial base, and spine for minutes on end.
Not to be confused with Cranio Osteopathy, Chiropractic Craniopathy, or Sacro-Occipital techniques, which aim primarily to move bones, CranioSacral Therapy is less intrusive, nudging the patient's body to make its own corrections. With very light fingertips therapists feel abnormalities in the craniosacral pulse, completely separate from the heart beat, or breathing rate that belongs to the fluid and membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The bones of the CranioSacral system--the skull, face and mouth (cranium) down to the tailbone (sacrum) are used merely as handles to gently unwind the membranes and restore the fluids natural flow.
Why would a newborn need any internal unwinding? C-sections can be traumatic because the baby goes from liquid to air very rapidly, like a scuba diver coming up too fast. Abrupt pressure changes can cause squeezing of the cranial bones to occur. Precipitous births can also be stressful for the baby. Normally the mother's contractions help the cranial bones to compress slowly. Here they can just jam together.
At Michigan State University in the late 1970's, Osteopath Physician, Dr. John Upledger, found a correlation between various delivery complications, craniosacral kinks and abnormalities, physical and behavioral problems in 203 children. What he found in studying hyperactive children, was in about half, the head was slightly jammed forward on the neck. He speculates that the position, possibly caused by being pulled out too hard or fast at birth, puts the brain under a slightly increased hydraulic pressure that makes it uncomfortable and hard for these children to concentrate. When this is the problem, CranioSacral Therapy can be quite effective.
Dr. Upledger has also done extensive work with autistic children and his studies indicate improvements for these children. Asberger children have also benefited from this therapy.
Upledger is the name usually associated with the term "CranioSacral Therapy." For more than 20 + years he is the man responsible for developing the techniques. He is also the founder of the Upledger Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida where thousands of CranioSacral Therapists have trained.
Most people feel children do not remember their births, but more often Psychologists and Therapists have indicated they do remember......at least at the cellular level. CranioSacral Therapy can very gently allow trauma from the birthing process to be released.
You can learn more about CranioSacral Therapy for Newborns, Infants, and children by logging on : www.Upledger.Com
Marty Austin is a certified CranioSacral Therapist and has been in private practice in the Knoxville, TN area for 17+ years.