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Craniosacral Therapy with Babies

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a very gentle, powerful manipulative technique that has its origins in Osteopathy.  It is used to correct imbalances in the Craniosacral system, thereby assisting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.  This system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the head (skull) down to the tail bone (sacrum).  The Craniosacral System maintains the environment in which the central nervous system functions.  Its role in the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord is so vital that an imbalance in it can cause sensory, motor or neurological dysfunction, causing problems in many areas of the body. The movement patterns of the body structure and the central nervous system, known as the craniosacral rhythm, are so subtle they cannot usually be seen, but they can be felt by trained hands and can be measured by delicate electronic instruments.

One of Craniosacral Therapy’s most frequently appreciated qualities is its capacity to rapidly resolve some problems that babies have, by settling their systems, thereby allowing them to calm down and to experience the feeling of being relaxed.  Once a baby is relaxed, it can feed more easily, its digestive system is able to function more efficiently, and it can settle into sleep.  Parents are frequently relieved and amazed by the improvements resulting from craniosacral sessions.

As a result of the contractions and passage through the pelvis and the birth canal, very powerful physical forces act on a baby during birth. Fortunately the body’s abilities to recover are also powerful, and for most of us the effects will be relatively minor. But with a difficult birth, where the baby’s head has been compressed for long periods, distorted due to the position the baby finds itself in, or pulled by forceps or ventouse, the body’s own healing and repair abilities may not be enough. If the bones of the baby’s skull are not able to release from their compressed or distorted position and return to their optimal arrangement, this can cause problems. The baby may only be comfortable with its head to one side, which can lead to flattening or moulding of the skull. Blood supply to the developing brain may be compromised, or nerves may be compressed. The baby may simply have a big headache!  Craniosacral Therapy can very gently release any restrictions and distortions and enable a balanced and healthy growth of the skull, and of the developing brain beneath.  The earlier the treatment, the more easily this will occur, and the more complete the recovery.

I have shared this with you, because I only recently became aware of CST and I took my daughter to see Darryl Dunn who practices in Harare.  Please email me us at info@zimbabas.co.zw if you’re interested in finding out more.