Craniosacral Therapy for Infants
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is one of the most fun things I do in my practice, and many of my clients tell me that it is their favorite part of the session. CST is a very gentle form of manipulation developed by Doctors of Osteopathy over many years. Studies show clinically significant improvement in TMJ disorders, fibromyalgia pain, post-concussion symptoms, reactivity of the sympathetic nervous system (fight-or-flight response), and length of hospital stay in preterm newborns. My own clients tell me they feel their sinuses open and a sense of deep relaxation.
CST works especially well for small children, including infants and newborns because the bones of the skull have not yet knit together. During the birth process, a baby's head and spine are put under huge stresses and can be left with misalignments.
I'm honored to get frequent referrals from midwives and lactation consultants that see signs of jaw and neck problems in these little ones. A few minutes of gentle and intentional touches have helped the babies that I see latch better, sleep better, and cry less.
For more information about Craniosacral Therapy, check out the Frequently Asked Questions at from the Upledger Institute here.