Cranial osteopathy for babies & children is performed in a gentle and non-invasive way whereby the osteopathic practitioner aids the body’s natural self correcting mechanism to relieve trauma that may have occurred during birth or adolescence.
The movement of the baby through the birth canal during delivery results that the head is moved in several specific directions whilst undergoing the powerful pressure of the contractions, this naturally causes some overlapping of the skull and compression. Some compressions may correct it spontaneously after the birth as the baby cries or suckles; however during some delivery babies experience unusual stresses, especially if the birth has been long and difficult. Babies who have experienced forceps delivery, a long labor or caesarean birth often require the attention of a qualified cranial osteopath.
Symptoms That Can Be Treated With Cranial Osteopathy
Many midwives and health visitors are now recommending new mothers to bring their babies for an osteopathic check up shortly after the birth to prevent the appearance of problems cranial compressions can cause the baby, including:
- Discomfort whilst lying on his/her back
- Excess mucous production
- Plagiocephaly, Flat Head or Odd Shaped Head
- Suckling/Feeding difficulties
The secondary effects of unresolved cranial compressions are wide ranging and can lead to:
- Colic or Excessive Crying;
- Sinus problems;
- Sleep disturbances;
- Suckling/Feeding difficulties;
- Unsettled restless babies.
Osteopathy For Children.
In older children the following symptoms can be treated with cranial osteopathy:
- Posture problems
- Aches and pains associated with growing
The longer a problem is left, the more complex the body’s adaptation becomes and consequently, the more difficult it is to return the body to a state of wellbeing. Several of the conditions we develop in adulthood can be traced back to birth trauma that has been left uncorrected.
How Does Cranial Osteopathy For Babies and Children Work?
Cranial osteopathy is very gentle, safe and effective. Specific gentle pressure is applied wherever necessary (not only on the head) to enable the inherent healing ability of the body to aid the release of stresses.
Reactions to treatment may vary; quite often the baby or child is very relaxed afterwards and sleeps well. Other time they have a burst of energy after treatment, followed by a good night sleep. .