Let Your Child Shine
REASONS FOR YOUR BABY TO HAVE BCST
WIND AFTER FEEDING
Burping a baby is usual after feeding, but if your baby suffers a lot of wind, is unable to burp, or is still uncomfortable in any way, it may be that the vagus nerve is under pressure where it exits the skull. The vagus nerve is key in the regulation of the autonomic nervous system and socio-emotional function. It is composed of afferent (sensory) and efferent (motor) fibres that innervate most organs in the body including the gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems as well as the ears, mouth and voice.
VOMITS AFTER FEEDING
Vomiting in babies is so common it is called normal, but as an adult you wouldn't expect to bring up some of every meal you eat. Pressure on the vagus nerve, twists in the pelvis and residual shock in the baby’s body can all contribute to this. As can antibiotics and other drugs used during birth.
DIFFICULTY SLEEPING OR RESTLESS WHILST SLEEPING
This can be from shock from the birth. It could be after a long or difficult birth or by the baby experiencing separation from the mother as soon as it arrives. Sometimes the mother may be shocked or upset too, and as there is such a close connection between mother and baby they can feel these things together.
TENSE AND RESTLESS
Sometimes a baby may appear stiff and difficult to cuddle. Maybe he or she is still suffering from shock from the birth or has some pain or discomfort that makes being handled unpleasant. Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy may help to resolve the problem.
Babies having difficulties feeding are sometimes diagnosed with tongue tie. Often there is too much pressure on one shoulder, or the shoulder has got stuck during the birth, the structures of the throat are pulled out of shape and the tongue is pulled down with them. This may resolve with Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy especially if the session is soon after the birth.
NOISY FEEDS OR TAKES IN A LOT OF AIR
This is a sign that the baby is finding it difficult to get a good suction on the breast. The baby will be taking in a lot of air causing discomfort for him or her. It can be caused by the joint at the jaw being uncomfortable from the birth or the muscles and bones in the neck were pulled out of place as the shoulders were delivered.
PAIN AFTER FEEDING, CRIES OR CURLS UP IN PAIN
Any of the discomforts mentioned may cause this, but it can also be because the baby’s pelvis was twisted during the birth or he or she was put on her back too soon before he/she could uncurl herself from the position he/she had been in while in the womb. (None of these strains are huge, it only takes a little too much twist or pressure during birth to make it hard for the baby to reorganise his/her body afterwards.) Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy supports the baby to realign their pelvis relieving strain on their digestive system.
DIFFICULTY LATCHING ON TO THE BREAST
If the baby has experienced too much pressure during the birth, the palette may be pushed forward so that the gag reflex is close to the front of his/her mouth. This may leave them feeling like they're going to choke and then understandably frightened of feeding.
BREAST FEEDING IS UNCOMFORTABLE OR PAINFUL FOR MUM
If the baby is helped to reshape it's mouth he/she is then able to take enough of the breast into it's mouth to avoid nipping the nipple.
BABY CAN TAKE ON BREAST BUT NOT THE OTHER ONE
Babies often suffer from a stiff or sore neck after birth, making it difficult to turn one way. They are so relieved when this can be made more comfortable. If you notice that your baby lies with their head facing the same way all the time, can only turn to one side, or only lifts one arm, they may have a sore neck and need some help to undo the twists in their body.
Birth Trauma can also occur from use of forceps or ventouse or C-section
WHAT IS BIODYNAMIC CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY?
Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy is a unique therapy, for your whole body. It assists your own body's natural healing process to balance the mind, body and spirit. Creating health & wellbeing from within.
The Craniosacral system consists of membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, as well as the attached bones.
The Craniosacral system plays an essential role in maintaining the environment in which our central nervous system (CNS) functions. This is vital for how the CNS operates and everything it relates too. The CNS send messages to and from all parts of your body. Therefore changes that occur in the cranio sacral system can have an effect on our health & our whole being.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
A whole range of conditions from Pain & Trauma, Accidents & Injuries, Anxiety & Depression to Breathing & Digestive problems and Stress & Emotional issues.
Also for tiredness and to assist recovery pre and post surgery.
In Children for example it has also helped with Sleeping difficulties, Hyperactivity, Autism, Anxiety or Not reaching their milestones.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION?
I first take a full history including the reasons you came to Craniosacral therapy and what you'd like to change.
With younger children I often work with them whilst they play or they may prefer to sit and myself or their parent may read to them. They can also lie on a massage table, fully clothed and I will talk to them as needed, after asking permission I place my hands gently on their body in a comfortable position.
I create a safe space, which allows your body to just 'be' whilst deeply listening. This brings about a reorganisation in the body for healthy change.
HOW LONG IS A SESSION?
For children under the age of 16 initial sessions are an hour and subsequent are up to half an hour. An initial consultation also involves the history taking, the first time is one and a half hours for adults. Subsequent sessions are up to an hour.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
This varies depending on why you've come and your concerns from person to person. Some people only need a couple, many half a dozen and then others especially if there has been trauma may need regular treatment for a while.
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