Craniosacral Therapy for Babies
How CST can help relieve stress from birth trauma.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is widely known for its work resolving the effects of birth trauma in babies. The forces that the body undergoes whilst being expelled from the womb are enormous and frequently have a lasting impact. These effects can often go unrecognised and consequently untreated.
The main effects of birth trauma can relate to extreme physical compression or shock throughout the baby's systems that can deeply affect the nervous system. Many babies who suffer from this form of shock after a traumatic birth can remain with an over-stimulated, easily stressed nervous system. This can lead to physical symptoms, such as colic which causes more stress and discomfort. Shock can also result in a state of agitation and restlessness with tension being held through the solar plexus (nerve centres) and the diaphragm. This can lead to sleepless issues and nightmares for the infant, frequently screaming and crying for no apparent reason and difficulties in settling and hyperactivity. The baby may also be very anxious and requires constant comforting and not wanting to be put down.
Infancy is the most important time to resolve birth trauma patterns as
many of the bones of the cranium and body remain incomplete for several months after birth. Addressing compression, restriction and imbalance before the bones fuse together can avoid a lifetime of structural health or emotional issues that are frequently directly relating to the nature of one’s birth.