How Can CranioSacral Therapy Help My Infant?
Infant skull anatomy. Reprinted from Furdon SA, Bejamin K. Physical assessment. In: Verklam MT, Walden M, eds. Core Curriculu, for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing. St. Louis, MO; Elsevier Saunders; 2004
Birth is a traumatic event even in the most ideal of circumstances. The infant skull is made up of 6 very separate bones. These bones are held together by sutures (elastic tissue between the bones). The sutures are what allow the infant's cranial bones to move and overlap during birth so the their head can pass through the birth canal (or a simulated birth canal as in a cesarean birth). Once they are born, the infant's cranial bones must then realign themselves. This process does not always go smoothly; it can cause concerns - mild to severe central nervous system irregularity, head shape concerns, and overlapping cranial bones - to name a few.
Now imagine if the birth did not go as planned. For instance; perhaps they experienced shoulder dystocia, forceps or vacuum extraction was used, or maybe an emergency cesarean was utilized after vaginal delivery did not complete. In these instances, the normal processes that the infant goes through during and post birth was interrupted and the concerns listed above may be more prevalent. It is not your fault that this occurred! It is a symptom of traumatic birth.
When CranioSacral Therapy is utilized early it can potentially help relieve current symptoms
symptoms from birth injuries
CST can also potentially help avoid a wide spectrum of challenges down the line.
chronic ear infections
CST can be used alone or combined with other early therapies and interventions.
If your infant has been diagnosed with a tongue tie or you suspect they have one, CranioSacral Therapy can help.
Unfortunately many practitioners fail to recognize tongue tie properly. If they do recognize it, they generally send you for a release, known as a frenectomy. Their recommendations generally stop there. A release while often necessary, may not fully relieve the symptoms brought on by a tongue tie because there is more to the dysfunction than a tongue with limited mobility.
A tongue tie is a mid-line (center of the body) dysfunction. Mid-line dysfunction begins at the brain and runs through the mid-line of the body. Therefore the restrictions can also run throughout the mid-line of the body causing many different forms of dysfunction. Therefore, more bodywork is often recommended.
When should I seek out CranioSacral Therapy for my infant?
As soon after birth as possible is ideal to optimize results. However, don't worry. CranioSacral Therapy can still be highly effective in older infants and children.