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The benefits of craniosacral therapy in babies

December 10, 2023

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder characterised by
abdominal pain, bloating, and altered bowel habits. While the exact cause of IBS remains
unclear, it is widely accepted that a combination of factors, including altered gut motility,
visceral hypersensitivity, and psychosocial factors, contribute to its development.

Traditional treatments for IBS often involve dietary and lifestyle modifications, medication, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

However, an emerging field of manual therapy techniques, including Visceral Mobilisation,
Cranial Osteopathy, Dural Membrane Release, and various diaphragm and circulatory
techniques, is gaining recognition for their potential to alleviate IBS symptoms and improve
patients’ quality of life.

In this blog, we will explore osteopathic techniques their potential benefits in the treatment of IBS

In a complicated birth, a baby can face a number of stressful
challenges in their journey into this world.
Some evidence suggests that a high percentage of all newborn
babies may still hold a degree of birth stress afterwards.
The bones of the head are separate moving parts, wonderfully
designed by nature yo move and adjust as the baby travels through
the birth canal.
A baby’s head is designed to be flexible and strong enough to push
its way out under pressure. However, problems can occur when
cranial bones get twisted or compressed, and then stay out of

This can sometimes happen after your baby has experienced :

  1. Forceps delivery
  2. Vacuum extraction
  3. Prolonged or traumatic birth

A degree of twisting and misalignment can also occur if there’s
been pressure within the spinal column during the birth process.
Craniosacral therapists believe that this could result in
disturbance to the nerves at the back, fir example those
responsible for relaxing and tensing muscles, leaving your baby
feeling very uncomfortable and unsettled.

Misalignment could have an impact in other central nervous
system nerves that branch out from the spinal area transmitting
essential messages to and from the whole body. These require full
skeletal alignment and space to function properly.
Keeping this in mind, you can see how your baby could be feeling
discomfort in the gut area and could be trying to communicate this
to you through crying and through body language. Minor
misalignment could be interfering with the essential messages
efficiently reaching the digestive system, resulting in your baby
experiencing colicky systems.


The craniosacral system has been in place since an early stage of
our evolution. It comprises the bones of the skull ( cranium and the
mandible , the spine, the sacrum, and the coccyx ( tail bone ),
including the membranes and the fluids that surround and protect
the brain and the spinal cord, along with the related connective
tissue. Its function is to help maintain a healthy environment for
the Central Nervous System (CNS) to function efficiently, thus
influencing a variety of bodily functions.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) has its roots in Osteopathy and was
developed into a unique treatment by Dr. John Upledger, an
Osteopath. It is a gentle, no-invasive, hands on treatment, which
works on the bodies natural rhythms, and helps to activate healing
and balancing mechanisms.

When your baby is feeling safe, loved and relaxed they may be
more able to communicate their areas of tension. When these
tensions are released and balanced, your baby is more likely to
wholly relax into life. A sensitive, compassionate therapist will find
those areas in need of adjustment and provide an opportunity for
balance to occur.

Gentle hands on techniques facilitate the unwinding if the area id
the compression and misalignment, encouraging the release if
stress and associated emotions. Your babu’s body can then start to
soften and relax. With pressure and tension gone, necessary space
in the brain and body can return, more room is freed for natural
growth and functioning, and your baby’s health and wellbeing can
be much improved.

It’s also possible that Craniosacral therapy could help release
residual tension around the stomach and colon that have been
causing a degree of colicky symptoms.
It could also help relieve symptoms by helping to stretch and relax
the psoas muscle situated in the buttocks and hips. This muscle
can become tight after several months of being flexed in the fatal
position in the womb.

When can a baby take a craniosacral treatment?

Anecdotal evidence suggests that name newborn babies could
benefit from a craniosacral treatment within two weeks of the
birth ideally in the first few days. This could help prevent many
subsequent problems in the childhood and adulthood, including
some ear problems, developmental problems, headaches, neck pain
and spinal disorders.
It’s worth considering taking your baby to be checked over by a
CST therapist in order to give them a good start to life. On an
average, at least 3 treatments are required, however, differences
may be noticeable after just one treatment.

After a difficult delivery, and for premature babies, more
treatments may be needed and it may take more sessions before
any significant changes are noticed. Also, it’s good to know that’s
never too late to make a difference-older children and adults can
benefit greatly from having this deeply relaxing and healing

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