Craniosacral Therapy for Infants

Craniosacral massage may offer help for “unsettled babies” dealing with discomfort or other signs of physical and mental stress. Craniosacral therapy is sometimes used in pediatric healthcare when babies display some of the following signs and symptoms: colicteething symptoms, symptoms due to birth trauma (such as due to forceps extraction or an emergency C-section), trouble with breastfeeding or constipation. (14)

How does pediatric CST work, and is it always safe? CST is considered safe for infants due to how gentle and noninvasive treatments are. Treatment can help to deeply relax babies, helping them to feel protected and nurtured, while potentially also alleviating compression in the nervous system that is leading to pain or symptoms. Sessions may benefit a baby’s sleep, digestion and moods by easing tightness in the baby’s mouth, head, back and neck. Some studies have found that infants undergoing intervention with craniosacral therapy (IG) show no significant changes, however there’s a good deal of anecdotal evidence that many infants benefit in various ways, both physically and mentally, from treatment.

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