Infant Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy...

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY (CST): A method that provides a gentle, hands-on approach to release tensions deep in the baby’s body. CST helps provide balance and realignment, therefore the baby becomes calmer, less tense, has improved jaw and tongue mobility which typically improves breastfeeding. Ensuring the baby is as comfortable as possible, Julie will relieve pain and dysfunction, as well as improve whole-body health and performance. The touch used is no more than five grams of pressure (the weight of a nickel). In a typical pediatric CST session, infants are generally placed on a massage table, in the therapist’s lap, or in the parent’s lap. The treatment portion of the session typically consists of hands-on, rhythmic massages across the baby’s skull, jaw, mouth area, and temples, and in the mouth. According to Upledger Institute conditions that CST can help treat include: - Latching to bottles or breast - Vomiting - Seizures - Fine motor skills problems - Torticollis - Cerebral Palsy - Down’s Syndrome - ADD or ADHD - Colic - Reflux - Constipation - Teething problems - Acid reflux - Misshapen head - Ear pain

Before and after tongue tie revision...

CST plays an important role in pre and post revision of lip and tongue ties. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) can help pre-crawlers balance tissues in the face, mouth, neck, and spinal cord by helping regulate the brain and spinal cord before and after a tongue tie revision.

Whether breast or bottle-fed, babies’ oral structures are important. Having lip and tongue ties can impact not just infancy, but can cause lifelong issues, such as, but not limited too:

  • open mouth posture with sleeping
  • sleep apnea
  • retracted jaw
  • breathing difficulties
  • difficulty with feeding transitions & chewing
  • speech difficulties
  • ADD/ADHD
  • correlation of being tied to allergies
  • neck pain
  • migraines

Breastfeeding and other issues...

CST can also be beneficial for babies who do not open their mouth up enough to properly suck during feeding, regardless if they are bottle or breastfed.  CST is highly advised if: 

  • a physician or IBCLC recommendations regarding proper breastfeeding positions do not remedy the problem
  • the baby is on reflux medicine
  • has gone more than one day without a bowel movement
  • has been on antibiotics for an ear infection
  • being monitored for weight gain.

 

“Craniosacral therapy eases the tightness in the baby’s mouth, head, and neck, leading to breastfeeding success. Birth also affects the alignment of the baby’s head and body. CST aligns the body structurally and gets all the systems working properly — eating, pooping, sleeping,” says CST therapist, Barbara Coon, LMT.

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