What Is Craniosacral Therapy?
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system. It is comprised of the membranes, bones and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The cranial bones have been found to be slightly moveable with a palpable movement or rhythm of their own. This is called the Craniosacral Rhythm.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, improve tissue mobility and function and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Reasons to Treat an Infant with Craniosacral Therapy:
- Breast Feeding Difficulties
- Tongue Tie
- Fast / Slow Birth
- Birth Injury
- Crooked Nose / Face
- Torticollis / Tight neck
- Forceps, Vacuum, C-Section Delivery
- Breathing Difficulties
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Infantile Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
How Do Babies Benefit From CST?
Experiences during gestation and delivery can produce changes in the newborn that can be addressed with CST. Position in utero can affect development/alignment of muscles and bones. During childbirth, the baby can have compressions of the spine and base of skull due to a prolonged or difficult delivery that can compromise the Central Nervous System.
Babies who have trouble with initial sucking, colic or breathing problems may be exhibiting compression of some cranial bones. Babies who are difficult to calm may benefit from simple treatment that relieves compressions or restrictions.
Torticollis, (head tilt or turn to one side), is one of those conditions where CST can help unwind torsion in the spine and allow for balance and alignment of the head and neck. Plagiocephaly, (flat areas on head), can be relieved by releasing the sutures that have become restricted allowing the head to grow into it’s natural, balanced shape.
Tongue-tie, lip-tie or tethered oral-tissue is another issue that CST can help with. When the tongue and/or lip is too tight, it causes restrictions in movement that can make breastfeeding very challenging. Tongue and/or Lip tie can interfere with the breastfeeding relationship causing poor latch/inability to latch, fatigue during feeds, poor weight gain, clicking during a feed or maternal nipple pain/damage. CST uses gentle, soft tissue manual therapy techniques to help maximize baby's tongue function and improve breastfeeding.
Sometimes with just a few sessions, babies will eat, sleep, and rest easier. Change is made quickly with newborns using the gentle and non-invasive techniques of CranioSacral Therapy.