Therapist – Jane Bennet
One area to which Craniosacral therapy is particularly relevant is birth trauma, the effects of which can cause many common childhood conditions from minor ailments such as glue ear to much more severe disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy and hyperactivity.
During the birth process, the baby’s head is forcefully compressed as it twists through the narrow birth canal. To allow passage the cranium of a new born baby is not a solid structure but soft and membranous designed to adapt to the pressures of the birth process. Intense pressure distort the shape of the head. This is normal and unavoidable, but if any distortion remains and fails to release it can impinge on associated structures such as nerves and blood vessels.
The effects of cranial bone restriction will vary considerably and can lead to a variety of conditions including colic, digestion and feeding issues, cervical torticollis , ear pain and infections, acid reflux, Sleep issues, misshapen head, cerebral palsy, ADHD and excessive fussiness and disturbances.
Treatment at the earliest possible opportunity is advisable. Not only will conditions respond more readily the sooner they are treated, but also the cranium and bony structures are constantly growing, fusing and consolidating into patterns of growth imprinted on them and become more resistant to treatment over time.
Treatment is generally soothing and comforting creating a sense of ease and well being . Babies can be treated while cradled in their mother’s arms and even better while sleeping. Restrictions,blockages and dysfunctions can be identified , traced to their sources and restored to proper function.