Craniosacral Therapy

 Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is an extremely light touch treatment that uses no manipulation or other forceful techniques. So this makes it extremely safe. CST has been used as a treatment for premature babies at the University Hospital in Graz, Austria for over 15 years, and in a recent retrospective study they found that it had a 100% safety record. I have been using CST to treat babies and new mothers for over 15 years in Norfolk.

Craniosacral Therapy is particularly good at helping babies who are distressed – typically colic. The medical diagnosis of “Colic” simply means “unconsolable crying for more than 3 hours a day” – which says absolutely nothing about what may cause colic. From my point of view there are several possible causes, including shock (emotional distress), and more physical causes such as headaches, neck aches and spasm of the digestive tract. Most of these cases respond quite quickly to treatment, and it’s wonderful to see the baby looking happier and the parents looking human again when they have been able to sleep!

There are two main reasons why breastfeeding can be painful. One is that the baby chews (instead of latching correctly). This is usually caused by a relatively minor compression of the nerves that supply the tongue and throat, and I have seen many babies start to feed properly (and this being a permanent change) during treatment. Treatment of any kind of baby distress is often carried out when they are feeding, because this helps the baby’s head to stay still and also helps reduce their distress for a short while – both of which make my job a lot easier! Sometimes breasts can be painful because the lymph glands are not draining, and I can show you a very simple self-help technique that will usually sort this out in a few minutes.

These are two things that I help in many babies. Either the neck is jammed on one side, or there is a deep twist in the body, often a remnant strain from when the baby spiralled down from the womb. Both of these are usually quite simple to correct, and often this is accompanied by a visible softening, lengthening and general increase in ease of the baby’s movements.

 there are many things that can cause a slight flattening of the head (plagiocephaly) – usually the baby has got its head in an awkward position under your ribs or against the hip bone. Sometimes this can be reversed very easily through CST. Other times it can be reduced, and the physical movement of the neck and the rest of the body can be normalised. If there is any tendency to flattening either on one side or the full width of the back of the head, then time spent in a car seat should be kept to an absolute minimum.

Yes – lots! There is more information on my website. Surprisingly, I find that one of the best ways to help babies become more settled is to treat the mother so that all of those internal organs go back into the right place and you’re more comfortable. This can be done through respectful and comfortable contact with your belly, and there is no need for internal work. This approach is also great at helping C-section and other adhesions to become more supple and comfortable. Basically, the more comfortable and less stressed you feel, the easier it is to look after the baby – and the baby can feel that, and responds positively.

Therapists

Andrew Cook

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