How Can CranioSacral Therapy Help My Child?
CranioSacral can address
When CranioSacral Therapy is utilized early it can potentially help relieve current symptoms of:
structural concerns, imbalances in their posture or movements
lingering birth injuries/trauma
learning disabilities/developmental delays
chronic ear infections
support through difficult stages of development
effects of trauma (physical and emotional)
assist with recovery (from surgery and substance
CST can be used alone or combined with other early therapies and interventions.
Tongue Tie in children
If your infant or child was diagnosed with a tongue tie or you suspect they have one, CranioSacral Therapy can help.
Unfortunately many practitioners fail to recognize tongue tie properly leaving children with tongue ties throughout development and potentially into adulthood. If their tongue tie was recognized, and your child had a release, known as a frenectomy. Those releases can be incomplete or there may be a degree of reattachment, even if you did all the exercises recommended.
A release while often necessary, may not fully relieve the symptoms brought on by a tongue tie because there is more to the dysfunction than a tongue with limited mobility.
A tongue tie is a mid-line (center of the body) dysfunction. Mid-line dysfunction begins at the brain and runs through the entire mid-line of the body. Therefore the restrictions can also run throughout the mid-line of the body causing multiple forms of dysfunction. Therefore more bodywork is often recommended to release those restrictions.
Neurodevelopmental Disorders: i.e. Autism Spectrum, ADHD, and Sensory Processing
The science behind these conditions suggest some degree of compression and inflammation. CranioSacral therapy has demonstrated success is treating consequences of inflammation of the brain and cranial nerves. In a recent international research study on the benefits of using CST with ASD
A majority of participants reported measurable changes begin to to emerge within 1-5 sessions after beginning CST
The top three areas of evaluated change in behavior following CST were general behavior, sensory reactions, and social.
Participants also reported improvements in cognitive skills, communication, emotional stability, and biological functions.
Information on ASD, ADHD, & SPD, Upledger Productions. Discover CranioSacral Therapy for Autism Spectrum. SDHD, and Sensory Processing Disorders, Upledger Productions, 2017-2018. www.upledger.com
What does a therapy session look like for my child?
In a CranioSacral session the therapist will apply light pressure to your child's body in various places to assess the subtle rhythms in their body. The comfort of you and your child are paramount, therefore, the therapist will continually explain and ask for consent throughout the session.
In some instances the child will cry or whine while they are working through a release or unwinding. This is normal and we do not label this as distress. However, CranioSacral Therapy is often very calming and the child may even fall asleep during a session.