Baby Cranial Osteopathy
It is a common belief that babies and children should have no structural stresses or strains in their bodies because they are so young. The reality is very different. The birth of a baby is one of the most stressful events of its life. The baby is subjected to enormous forces, as the uterus pushes to expel the baby, against the natural forces of the birth canal. The baby has to turn and twist as it squeezes through the bony pelvis on its short but highly stimulating and potentially stressful journey.
The baby's head has the remarkable ability to absorb these stresses in a normal delivery. In order to reduce the size of the head, the soft bones overlap, bend and warp as the baby descends. The baby's chin is normally well tucked down towards its chest to reduce the presenting diameter of the head.
Many babies are born with odd shaped heads as a result. In the first few days, the head can usually been seen to gradually lose the extreme moulded shape, as the baby suckles, cries and yawns. However, this un-moulding process is often incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult. As a result, the baby may have to live with some uncomfortable stresses within its head and body. However, the birth moulding is a normal process that most people endure. With a caesarean section delivery there are NO moulding processes which can cause the same problems for a baby.
What effect does retained moulding have on the baby?
Crying, irritable baby
Sickness, colic and wind
As the child grows
Sinus and dental problems
Behavioural problems and learning difficulties
Headaches, aches and pain
Cranial osteopathic treatment is very gentle, safe and effective in the treatment of babies and children. Specific gentle pressure is applied where necessary to enable the inherent healing ability of the body to affect the release of stresses. On average, 4-6 treatments are sufficient. This varies according to the severity of the problem. It is never too early to treat, though for best results, treatment should be before 5 years of age. After this the stresses and asymmetries can often not be completely eliminated, though it is still possible to achieve beneficial release of the stresses throughout life.
Cranial osteopathy is suitable for all ages and many adults have cranial osteopathy for a variety of conditions particluarly for patients with very reactive conditions such as rheumatic diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, SLE, scleroderma), sinus problems, occiptal headaches, fibromyalgia and ME.
Are there adverse reactions?
Reactions to treatment are variable; often the patient is very relaxed afterwards and sleeps well. Others will have a burst of energy after treatment, usually followed by a good nights sleep. Occasionally children are unsettled after treatment. This is a temporary situation and is usually caused when the release of the retained moulding has been incomplete. It is not always possible for all the moulding compression to release in one session, especially if it has been severe.
Despite cranial osteopathy appearing to be a very gentle and non-invasive treatment, it is often regarded as a most powerful form of treatment. As cranial osteopathy works on very subtle and deep levels of tissue change, the body can react quite profoundly to apparently minimal treatment.