Babies Respond Great to gentle Cranial Sacral Therapy
All babies deserve to be treated in the first weeks of life.
Cranio Sacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy is an osteopathic technique that is now used widely by a variety of manual medicine practitioners. It addresses the dural component of a problem. The dura is a layer of the bag that holds the spinal cord and the brain. It attaches in the skull, the upper neck, and the bottom of the spine.
Babies with the following experiences could benefit from craniosacral therapy.
- Difficult birth
- Breech birth
- Cesarean Section
- Forceps or Suction birth
- Long or short birth
- Breastfeeding difficulties
- Ear Infections
- Baby who had surgery
How to Prepare
Make sure your baby has eaten prior to the treatment. It is not uncommon for tiny babies to cry during their craniosacral therapy session. However, because the pressure of the touch is about the same as a nickel puts on the skin, we don’t think the baby is experiencing pain per se. We believe babies cry for the same reasons that grown ups cry during their sessions. Not because of pain, but because they are experiencing emotional release. If your baby cries during a treatment, often sucking on a finger or a pacifier will soothe your baby. We can also takes breaks and you can soothe your baby.
Older babies and toddlers will need you to play with them and distract them during their treatment.
What to Expect
When you bring in your baby for craniosacral therapy , Dr. Caroline Peterson will take an in-depth history of your baby’s experience inside your womb, your baby’s birth experience, and your baby’s experience since being born. After coming to an understanding about your baby’s story, she will begin the treatment of your baby. If your baby is younger than around three months old, you will hold your baby on a pillow on your lap during the treatment. When your baby is bigger, your baby will lay on a blanket on the table between you and Dr. Caroline Peterson.
Having your new baby cared for right away is better for your baby because your baby’s body won’t have time to create a cascade of secondary adaptations to the original problem.