Is Craniosacral Therapy suitable for children and babies?

Craniosacral therapy for babies and children is particularly useful and effective as there are no side-effects and it is mostly quite relaxing for the baby. By gently resting the hands on various areas of the body, a trained therapist can detect disturbances in the craniosacral motion caused by restrictions in the dura (membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord) or fascia (tissue that surrounds all soft tissue and organs). An example is colic, which is mostly caused by a restriction of the occipital cranial base (head on neck joint), which may cause an irritation of the vagus nerve which, in turn, affects the gastro-intestinal system.

madsmallBy gently facilitating small movements and unwinding, the body releases these stored up restrictions and traumas. Other problems with babies that are successfully treated are sucking (latching in breastfeeding) problems, breathing difficulties, restlessness and irritability as well as birth or uterine trauma. Health conditions for which CST has shown to be effective include allergies, auditory difficulties such as middle ear problems, autism, behavioural problems, brain and spinal cord injuries, central nervous system disorders, cerebral palsy, developmental problems, bedwetting, nightmares/night terrors, delayed recovery from medical intervention, emotional difficulties, tantrums, injuries and post-operative problems, learning disabilities, such as ADD (due to craniosacral dysfunction) and dyslexia, motor co-ordination difficulties, respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis, and vision disturbances have also been addressed successfully.

Many mothers have found CST to be an incredible support system with their babies and children.

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Testimonial for Scoliosis and back pain – including information about Scoliosis

Name: Kerry Dell (Umhlanga, 25 March 2014)
Why I chose to come for CST (Craniosacral Therapy):
Heard it was worth trying.
How would I rate Craniosacral Therapy:
An incredible therapy
My own experience of CST (Craniosacral Therapy) with Donovan Hean:
I think it took 3 sessions and all my back ache was totally resolved.  I live with constant back pain due to my scoliosis and when I went to Donovan, I was doubled over with pain.  After 3 sessions I was standing straight and didn’t feel any pain for about 2 years after the sessions.  I have recommended Donovan and will continue to recommend him – a professional therapist.  thank you!

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Most cases of scoliosis are considered to be of unknown origin (idiopathic).

craniosacralsystemThe craniosacral system surrounds, protects, nourishes and cleanses the brain and spinal cord. The spinal portion of the system is a tube-like structure within the spinal canal that envelops the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots. This is called the dural tube. The membrane layers that form the dural tube are continuous with the membrane layers within the cranium. The outermost layer is the dura mater membrane. Within the cranium, it’s attached directly to the bones and folds inward to form intracranial separations. In the spinal canal, however, it’s normally attached to bone at only a few sites.dural tube strain patterns, such as lack of mobility, compression, side-bending, torsion and scoliosisstretching, can migrate into the spinal column, surrounding fascia and tissue, causing the structures to reorganize into abnormal shapes. This can lead to some of the common issues encountered in the clinical practice, such as nerve root compression, cranial base compromise, spinal stenosis, facet compression, herniated disc, coccyx pain, bone spurs and scoliosis. Dural tube distortion can be the primary cause of scoliosis. When this is the case, mobilizing the dural tube, as well as the spinal column, fascia and surrounding tissue, is essential in aiding the body to correct the condition.

Structural interconnections, interactions and dysfunction within the body can be baffling at times. CranioSacral Therapy embraces the infinite possibilities of interrelationships that can occur and uses the craniosacral and fascial systems as precise and powerful tools in identifying and facilitating the correction of compromising tissue patterns. In this way, scoliosis and many other conditions relating to the spinal column can be efficiently assessed and effectively addressed.

It is also possible that the primary cause may lie elsewhere. Actually, it might be found anywhere in the body. Perhaps intracranial membrane strain, scar tissue or imbalance within the musculature of the torso has formed, causing the spinal column to curve abnormally. Usually, all of the structural “tubes” surrounding the spinal cord can be involved to some degree. It’s important to address the scar tissue, tissue imbalance or other primary cause that is acting as the anchor, holding the scoliosis in place. It’s equally important to mobilize the dural tube even after the soft-tissue and bony patterns have been mobilized. If adverse dural tube patterns are not addressed, a tendency to maintain the scoliosis will remain deep within the body as a powerful mold, actively forging abnormal tissue shape.

Craniosacral Therapy gently addresses compromised tissue patterns surrounding and within the spinal column, adipose tissue and the dural tube through techniques such as mobilization of fascia, gentle traction and enhancing the mobility of the body tissue in response to the motion of the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system normally moves the entire body in a rhythmic motion. The practitioner uses the tissue response to this movement to assess areas of compromise and localize core restrictive patterns. Tissue response to the craniosacral rhythm also is used during therapy as a tool for dynamic change by assisting the body in moving more fully and freely, in synchrony with the vital rhythmic current of the craniosacral system.