June Blog: The Benefits of Cranial Sacral Therapy

By Susan Lafrance

During the birth process a baby must face a number of stressful challenges on her journey into the world. Cranial Sacral Therapy can provide many beneficial results for the newborn.

Evidence suggests that the birth process for newborns holds a high degree of stress in the early months following birth. The bones of the head Are separate moving parts and designed perfectly to move and adjust as the baby moves through the birth canal.

A baby’s head is designed to be flexible and strong enough to push its way out under pressure. However, problems can occur when the cranial bones get twisted or compressed. And then they stay out of shape.

Pressure on the spinal column impacts cerebral spinal flow.

Therapists believe that this could result in disturbance of the nerves at the back of the head. With this, infants are unable to relax which leaves them feeling uncomfortable and unsettled (Fussy Baby Syndrome).

You can see how your baby may have discomfort in the gut area and could be communicating with you through crying and body language. A very small misalignment could be interfering in the baby who is experiencing colic.

The cranial system includes the skull and mandible, and the spine, sacrum, and tailbone, plus the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord along with connective tissue.

Gentle hands-on techniques facilitate the unwinding or areas of compression and misalignment encouraging the release of stress associated with emotions.

Compression on the cranial sacral system impacts the limbic system. As a result, some emotional centers in the brain may be experiencing emotional stress. This impacts coping and behaviors skills. Cranial work is beneficial for infants, youth, and adults of all ages!

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