Babies and Children
Cranial osteopaths treat minor strains and imbalances in your baby’s body that can help settle your baby and prevent problems later on.
The mechanical impact of birth can leave residual strains and imbalances in a baby’s body. Mostly, these resolve in the period following birth. However, cranial osteopaths believe that unresolved birth strains can remain and that they can influence
growth and development and contribute to some childhood conditions. They believe that unresolved birth strains can persist even into adulthood, where they blend with additional layers of strain and contribute to adult posture and movement patterns, and some adult conditions. Cranial osteopaths advocate treating babies and children because they believe that early intervention reduces strains and imbalances, improves mechanical health and reduces the impact on the developing child’s body. For a fuller list of childhood conditions that can respond to cranial osteopathy, see Conditions Treated.
How do strains and imbalances develop in a newborn?
The shaping of a baby’s head and body in the womb prior to birth is called moulding. The process is gradual. Moulding forces are in part compressive forces that shape and ‘parcel up’ the delicate head and body, so it can pass through the birth canal and the baby can transition to independent life. Moulding forces reach their peak during the second stage of labour.
Following birth moulding ceases and expansion is triggered.
Once babies are born, the reverse process happens. The compressive moulding forces cease and there is pressure release and immediate rebound unfolding and expansion of the baby’s head and body. The process aided by activity – as babies suck, yawn, cry, breathe and move – and growth.
Some strains remain unresolved and can lead to problems later on
The baby’s head and body have a remarkable ability to adapt to the many stresses of birth. Although no outward sign might be evident, not every stress resolves. Despite the healing effects of time, activity and growth, some strains can remain. They may be relatively minor strains but they can play a part directing or inhibiting growth in an area. Growth and development is a complex subject. It occurs in response to many factors. Cranial osteopaths believe that unresolved birth strains can contribute to growth and in particular to how a child’s posture develops: spinal curves; the shape of the chest; head-neck alignment; and so on.
How cranial osteopathy can help?
Cranial osteopathy is a unique therapeutic intervention that’s especially suitable for treating babies and children because the assessment and treatment protocols are gentle. Cranial osteopaths advocate treatment for all babies and children but particularly those who show signs of unresolved birth strain; they believe that treatment reduces mechanical imbalance and it is preventative because future growth in the child’s body is less impeaded by strain. Each child is unique. When cranial osteopaths examine a child, they’re looking for indicators in the body to see how well the child is progressing.
As a cranial osteopath, Niall is trained to assess and treat strain and imbalance. He can advise on whether he thinks therapy can help for your child and make practical treatment recommendations. To contact the clinic, ask a question or make a booking, please contact us