CST for Newborns and Infants
CST: CST for Newborns and Infants
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 child starts school. During delivery, the vertebrae may move on top of one another and the nerves that exit between these vertebrae can become compressed. Creating space and relieving tension especially at the base of the cranium where the cranial nerves exit and the spine can be helpful in relieving many infantile problems.
Newborns & Infants
Babies born by caesarean, forceps or vacuum delivery can especially benefit from treatment. Even a normal birth can cause restrictions to the head or spine. Early evaluation and treatment can help release restrictive patterns that may not be immediately apparent. At the clinic we have treated babies who have experienced the following: -
- Absence of the sucking reflex
- Breech or transverse in utero position
- Colic and reflux
- Complications during the pregnancy or delivery
- Digestive problems/constipation
- Feeding difficulties/difficulties latching on
- Irregular shaped head
- Recurring ear/chest infections
- Sleep disturbances
- Torticollis (difficulty turning head to both sides)
My newborn baby suffered from colic for several weeks. I was having to spend hours each night comforting my baby. I took her to Lily for Craniosacral Therapy and she is a different baby after two sessions. She is 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 the craniosacral system and improving nerve supply. If there is a restriction to the nerves; the Vagus Nerve, Hypoglossal, Glossopharyngeal & Spinal Accessory 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 have enough space to work properly. The craniosacral system develops shortly after conception, when the first cell divides in the womb and forms a tube which becomes our primal spinal column. These cells then migrate to become different organs and body systems. The health of our body 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 of tension, trauma and injury. No journey in life is more precious, natural or complex than that of conception, pregnancy and birth. Birth is a very stimulating journey with many twists, turns and compressions as the baby passes through the birth canal and bones of the pelvis. The sutures in the baby’s cranium naturally overlap to reduce the head size as the baby descends. In a normal delivery the baby’s head withstands these forces. The bones of the head and face remould within a few days through yawning, sucking, through breast feeding and crying. When the bones of the cranium are free then the baby can grow and develop at ease as the brain, spine and body in general has more space in which to develop and function properly. However, difficulties can arise for the baby if the little bones become compressed or have difficulty releasing naturally. This can happen in very long or quick births, or if the baby is lying in an unusual position. Caesarean sections and births involving forceps or suction can lead to problems that aren’t always immediately apparent. Even a normal birth can cause restrictions to the head or spine.
Video: Overview of Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy: https://www.youtube.com/b_uZbwTuZaQ