Before we start, I would like to point out the following distinctions. Within
my practice, I refer to CranioSacral Therapy for children as being ages one to nine. For babies and infants (up to age
one), there are a number of differences in the approach to treatment. Age nine and above, the treatment is the same
I have noticed that most babies and moms too, often need assistance in dealing with the
effects of a difficult labour. One of the reasons for this is that in an
ideal birth scenario, nature has designed your baby's skull to be compressed and mold as it travels through the birth canal
during a vaginal birth. It is normal for the cranial bones to override each other. After birth, these overrides
and other accommodations in the baby's skull should not persist. If they do not correct themselves, they can interfere
with proper cranial nerve function leading to colic, breathing, swallowing, digestive or sensory-motor impairments and more.
Sometime babies are injured in the birth process. The injuries may be both physical and emotional. CranioSacral
Therapy can address these injuries as well as the effects of precpirous or prolonged labor, vacuum extraction, forceps or
Babies born by C-section miss out on this vital compression through the birth canal which helps balance the cranial
bones. Babies born with the use of forceps or vacuum often experiences undue stress on the head and face and strain
patterns often develop in their bodies. The excitement and euphoria of the baby's safe arrival masks the stress that
the baby has experienced. Soon however, problems arise.
You may notice your baby has problems with:
• Straining while going to the toilet
• Ear infection
• Excess crying
• Flat spots or bulges on the head
ear or eye positions
• Prefers feeding on one of their sides
• Prefers lying on one side rather than another
It is always lovely to see you return to me
with your new born infant. I sometimes see infants as young as 1-2 weeks. It is a great time for an Infant CranioSacral
Therapy treatment as many future complications can be minimized or avoided. Early treatments make all the difference
in the world in ensuring and enhancing the health of your infant.
Treating Your Child
There are many ways which I need to adapt my techniques to treat these little ones effectively.
Children may prefer to be close to their caregiver and so their treatment may take place either
lying down on the table, or mine or your lap sitting in a chair. As similar to the adult techniques your child will
be fully clothed. If they are a toddler, I often find myself following them around the room waiting for an opportunity
to get my hands on them!
I have some colorful toys, storybooks, and
jigsaws in my therapy room, this helps keep the child's interest and allows for me to get more hand on time with the client.
You are welcome to bring some of your baby or child's favorite toys, giving them a sense of comfortability and familiarity.
I will have your baby either lie down on the treatment table, or either
myself or you can be holding your little one. During the treatment the baby often needs to cuddle, feed, or cry as balance
is restored and emotion is released in the body.
More Reasons to Treat a Child
Children's bodies are malleable. They can easily correct and quickly because they
have spent less time organizing themselves around their physical and emotional restrictions. Left untreated, these restrictions
can take more time and effort to correct in adulthood, causing pain and dysfunction in the long run.
Chronic Middle Ear Infections
For babies and children the
sessions usually last from 30-40 minuets. This varies depending on the child.