Pediatric Craniosacral Work

checking baby's spine and upper rib mobility

Birth can be hard on a baby. The pressures of coming through the birth canal, or being pulled out by Caesarean Section, with its rapid change in cranial pressure, can cause strain and torsion in baby’s system. In the best of all situations, baby’s system will make the necessary corrections on its own. At other times, support from a craniosacral practitioner can be a welcome help. The earlier, the better, is true for many forms of corrective help, craniosacral work included.

A good preventive practice as part of any well-baby program is to have a check up with a craniosacral practitioner. This work is a hands-on therapy that gently reminds the bones and membranes of the head, spine, and pelvis of their optimal, natural position. This position supports the cranial nerves and central nervous system in doing their job of development and healing. Craniosacral work, now over 100 years old, is widely recognized as a fundamental health treatment.

How would I know if my baby needs this type of therapy?

If baby is irritable, has colic, if the head looks irregular, or neck mobility is limited, I recommend having having your baby checked by a practitioner. These are some of the most common symptoms. Why not have the baby checked in any case? The work is very non-invasive and may help prevent problems in the future. For example, some children with ADD and ADHD have shown a lesion at their atlanto-occipital joint (where the skull meets the neck) that probably came from birth and may have contributed to the focus problems. This lesion can be addressed in a child of any age, often more easily in a younger child.