Colic, reflux, irritability, difficulty settling / feeding?

Colic, reflux, irritability, difficulty settling / feeding?

Newborn baby

Craniosacral Therapy is often the therapy of choice for a newborn because it is so gentle and in my experience, so effective.  Babies often experience stress and trauma during the birth process, and may not be able to resolve this trauma without assistance.

Common symptoms that parents report their baby having when there first come to see me are:

  • Colic (regular inconsolable crying)
  • Reflux (pain after feeds, sometimes there are regular spit-ups and vomiting, sometimes not)
  • Allergies / intolerances
  • Irritability / baby seems angry or tense
  • Difficulty settling / getting to sleep / staying asleep (wakes in pain)
  • Baby prefers to feed on one side / prefers head laid to one side when laid on back (causing flat spot)
  • Difficulty latching / gulping / baby slurps or ‘clicks’ when feeding
  • Torticollis

In extreme cases, parents report that the baby cannot be put down, in other words, cries unless they are being held (and often even then). Parents of babies with symptoms such as those listed often worry that there is something seriously wrong with their child. They understandably keep looking for reasons and keep talking to health visitors and doctors, trying one thing after another in an often desperate attempt to resolve the situation, such changing bottles, changing formula, and often using medication.

The babies that I see often have been through all of this and still nothing has helped. I have known babies to have their formula type changed 6 or 7 times! Parents are often told by doctors that despite the struggles and distress still going on, nothing further can be done. Although some health professionals are aware of cranial treatment and how it can help babies, many are not, which is a real shame. Because, as I have already said, even when every other option has been exhausted, I usually find that a short course of cranial treatment improves or eradicates most of the symptoms above. Improvements can often be seen after just one session! So if you know any young babies struggling, please do share this blog with Mummy/Daddy!

To have a baby who struggles to feed, cries inconsolably for hours on end or cannot be put down is very distressing and worrying for everyone around, especially Mum and Dad. And all this when perhaps mum is still trying to recover from the birth herself (I will write another blog about helping mums), the parents are just starting to learn how to look after a newborn baby, they are usually very sleep deprived and perhaps there is post natal depression in the mix too.  Often the families that I see are really feeling the strain.

When a baby first comes to see me, I carry out an assessment to see if there are any tensions / restrictions held in their body (these will often be a result of birth trauma). If there is (and there nearly always is, in the babies that I see), then very carefully and gently, I help that tension to release from the system at a pace that feel okay for the baby.

Most babies appear to really enjoy their sessions, and they will be far more relaxed at the end of the session than they were at the beginning. Parents often comment at the apparent connection between the therapist and the baby.  I often have a little ‘conversation’ with the baby about what is going on during their session. If they show distress at any point, lots of support is provided from Mum/Dad and they can even be treated whilst sucking a dummy, or feeding if that helps them to be calm and allow the process of release. The baby’s progress is monitored throughout the course of sessions.

My work with babies is so rewarding; I just love it. Perhaps because one of my daughters suffered in a similar way when she was a baby, which is how I found out about this therapy all those years ago!

So, there you go, a little overview of why and when to seek help for a newborn. Oh, and another question that I get asked a lot is, whether it is ever too late for birth trauma to be released. The answer is definitely not!  So if you have a child, of whatever age and you suspect that the symptoms that they have could be a result of birth trauma, please do give me a call and I can advise you as to whether I might be able to help you (Sarah – 07956 390419).

 

5 reasons why Craniosacral Therapy may be the answer to your health concerns

5 reasons why Craniosacral Therapy may be the answer to your health concerns


Craniosacral Therapy may be a treatment that you have never heard of before and different to anything else you have ever tried before.  Robyn Scherr, Craniosacral Therapist wrote a brief summary of what it is and how it helps, and I have listed the main points that she makes below and added some points of my own.

Craniosacral Therapy is an educated, specific, non-invasive touch that supports your body’s innate ability to heal.  This gentle healing technique can address a variety of health concerns.  Here’s why Craniosacral Therapy may be the answer you seek for your health issue:

1.  You Can Discover the Healing Power of Your Inner Wisdom: Craniosacral Therapy is a simple, direct way of accessing your own inner wisdom and innate healing mechanism. The clients’ inner wisdom leads and directs the session, which is the central premise of this modality.  The therapist will “listen” to the client’s system with their hands, assess the priorities and respond accordingly.

2.  It Uses a Combined Mind, Body and Spirit Approach: It works on the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of oneself.  Each session is unique, which means any one of these aspects, or combination of these aspects, can appear in a session. For example, sometimes we have a sense with a headache that it’s in response to an emotional trigger, but can’t quite identify it. With Craniosacral Therapy, clients are provided the opportunity to feel how and where the tissue is holding tension as the emotional trigger shows up. This can be very enlightening and with subsequent sessions, clients tend to become more self aware.

3.  Receive It At Any Age: Because Craniosacral Therapy is so gentle, it can be received from the time of conception onwards.  I see a lot of children for example, with a range of issues, such as anxiety, sleep disorders, digestive concerns and so on.  But it is never too late!  Craniosacral Therapy can used in the elderly also and even to support someone during the process of dying.  That listening, non invasive touch can be helpful to anyone, even if you don’t have a specific “problem”! Some clients continue to have top up sessions with me, even though their issues have resolved, simply because they feel it helps to keep them “on a level”, such is the support that it provides.

4.  Complementary to traditional medicine: Craniosacral Therapy should be used in conjunction with traditional medicine, rather than as alternative to it.  I am a great supporter of traditional medicine, my father is a medical professor in fact, but we all know that, unfortunately, traditional medicine does not solve everything and in my experience, Craniosacral Therapy can often provide relief, even when traditional routes have not or when traditional medicine is treating the symptoms rather than the underlying cause. 

5.  It’s Flexible: Clients can work as intensively as they like. Treatments can be received every few days, or once every month or two. 

Overall CranioSacral Therapy is a highly effective light-touch therapy that works with the source of pain and dysfunction and the whole body simultaneously.  Now that you have more information about this noninvasive healing technique, you can decide if you would like to give it a try; I encourage you to! 

Craniosacral therapy for babies

Craniosacral therapy for babies

Craniosacral therapy for babies

Even after a seemingly “normal” birth, a baby may suffer with colic, irritability, latching issues, difficulty settling and so on.  In my experience, Craniosacral Therapy is often a very gentle, but successful way of treating these symptoms.  Babies can be cuddled by mum or even fed during a treatment.  And it is never too late to bring your little one along.  Older children can benefit too. Many common behavioural, social problems and learning difficulties respond well to treatment.

10 Signs That Your Baby needs Craniosacral Therapy