Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle form of bodywork that is sometimes used with newborns to promote relaxation, relieve tension, and improve overall health and well-being. Here are some of the potential benefits of craniosacral therapy for newborns:
- Improved sleep: Craniosacral therapy can help soothe and calm newborns, promoting more restful sleep and improved sleep patterns.
- Reduced colic and digestive issues: CST may help relieve tension in the digestive system, reducing symptoms of colic, reflux, and other digestive issues that can be common in newborns.
- Relief from birth trauma: Newborns can experience tension or discomfort as a result of the birth process. CST can help release any tension or compression in the head, neck, and spine, promoting overall relaxation and reducing discomfort.
- Enhanced immune function: CST may help stimulate the immune system, supporting overall health and well-being.
- Improved breastfeeding: By promoting relaxation and reducing tension in the jaw and face, CST may help newborns with breastfeeding difficulties.
How can CST sessions help with speech & language?
During birth, the baby's head may experience compression or tension, which can impact the muscles and tissues of the head, neck, and face. Craniosacral therapy can help release any tension or compression in these areas, promoting relaxation and reducing discomfort or pain. By doing so, CST may help improve oral motor function, including sucking, swallowing, and chewing, which are important for speech and language development.
In addition, CST can help relieve tension in the jaw, face, and neck, which can impact the muscles and structures involved in speech production. By promoting relaxation and reducing tension in these areas, CST may indirectly support better speech and language outcomes.
How much pressure is used in CST?
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that involves very light touch and pressure. The amount of pressure used in CST is typically very light and subtle, around 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel.
The practitioner uses a soft touch to feel for and release restrictions and tensions in the craniosacral system, which includes the bones of the skull, spine, and pelvis, as well as the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The touch is typically applied with the fingertips, palms, or hands in a gentle and rhythmic manner.
The light pressure used in CST is designed to facilitate the body's natural healing processes, and to promote relaxation and balance in the nervous system. The goal of CST is not to force or manipulate the body, but rather to support and encourage its inherent healing abilities.
Is it safe for my newborn?
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is generally considered safe and gentle for newborns, with a very low risk of adverse effects. However, as with any therapeutic intervention, there are some risks and potential side effects to consider.
Some potential risks of craniosacral therapy for newborns include:
- Discomfort or soreness: Some newborns may experience mild discomfort or soreness after a session of craniosacral therapy. This is usually temporary and resolves within a few hours to a day.
- Worsening of symptoms: In rare cases, craniosacral therapy may temporarily worsen symptoms, particularly if the body is releasing tension or toxins. This is usually a sign that the therapy is working and the body is undergoing a healing process.
- Emotional release: Occasionally, newborns may exhibit an emotional release during or after a craniosacral therapy session, which could result in increased fussiness for a brief period. This may occur within the first 24 hours after treatment and usually resolves on its own."