Is your baby is irritable, hard to settle or having trouble feeding?
They could greatly benefit from cranial release therapy.
A baby’s cranium is made up all the bones of the head, face and lower jaw. These plates of bone are joined together with soft fibrous membranes (sutures) that allow for skull moulding to occur at birth and movement during growth. Babies and toddlers require free movement of the cranial bones for correct development. If any of the sutures are overlapping or rigid it can be problematic.
The effects of poor cranial movement range from very serious (affecting brain growth) to less obvious signs such as irritability, poor feeding and suck, abnormal head shapes and poor sleep patterns.
Cranial release work uses gentle massage techniques to remove restrictions and allow for correct mobility of these cranial bones and sutures.
The benefits of cranial work include:
- Correct breathing patterns
- Improved suck technique and breastfeeding
- Greater neck range of motion
- Better flow of circulation around brain
- Brain stimulation and promotes neural connections
- Positive calming effect on nervous system that helps with settling and sleep
- Prevention and reduction of plagiocephaly
If you have any questions about your baby and how cranial release work could help them, please feel free to give me a call.
Yours in health,
- Chaitow L et al; Cranial Manipultion Theory and Practice; Osseous and soft tissue approaches; 2005; Elsevier
- Vallone Sharon; Chiropractic Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction in Infants Demonstrating Difficulty Breastfeeding; 2004; Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Paediatrics; Vol 6 No1