Disorders Effectively Prevented and Treated With CranioSacral Therapy
is no better time than infancy and childhood to build a child’s
foundation of health. Childbirth stress and normal rough-and-tumble
play impact a child’s health in ways now just being understood.
Did you know, for example, that during birth a baby’s skull
plates must overlap so its head can fit through the birth canal?
The baby’s head, neck, and body twist several times during birth
and its neck goes into extreme hyperflexion.
And that’s during a normal birth!
Imagine what happens to the baby’s head, neck, and spine when
suction, forceps, and manual pulling are used.
Contractions exert an incredible amount of force on the baby’s
body to push it through the birth canal.
Amazingly, for the most part, these structures move to their normal
position as the infant grows. It
is, however, a long, slow process and often restrictions remain that can
effect the child’s health, behavior, vision, hearing, coordination,
learning abilities, and other aspects of development.
about the bumps, bangs, and falls children experience as they explore
their world and test
their new-found skills? The
craniosacral structures that were once pliable and fluid are beginning to
firm in place. The knocks and
bangs they absorb affects not only their structural position but the
underlying organ systems can be impaired from resulting restrictions.
A bump on the head or fall from a bicycle may be casually brushed
off as being a normal part of childhood.
But, long after the incident is forgotten, persistent headaches,
digestive problems, attention and hyperactivity disorders, visual
distortions, chronic pain, allergies, and other physical and emotional
problems may manifest. If not
adequately resolved in childhood, difficulties such as these can lead to
degenerative health conditions and a poor quality of life in adulthood.
Some Common Causes Of Infant And
Childhood Health Disorders
Colic: can be related to food intake as well as compression in the
vagus nerve as it exits the base of the skull and travels down to
the abdominal area. The
vagus nerve connects to practically every organ in the head and
torso, making it critical to normal function.
Chronic Ear Infections: may result from restrictions
in the base of the skull and the bones around the eyes, ears, and
mouth. Bringing mobility to these areas can correct this condition.
Dyslexia: commonly related to restriction
in mobility of the temporal bones, the base of the skull, and the
jaw area. Usually
this is accompanied by related restrictions within the pelvis,
sacrum, and iliac areas. When
the left temporal bone is restricted, a person with dyslexia will
tend to switch numbers. Conversely, when the right temporal bone it restricted a
person will tend to experience more with reading and writing
Autism: is a more extreme form of dyslexia. It presents as both temporal bone compression and dysfunction.
& Attention Disorders: typically indicates
compression of the occipital condyles, which are the articulations
between the base of the skull and the first cervical vertebrae.
Cerebral Palsy: shows a common denominator in coronal suture
restrictions, which is where the top of the skull (baby’s
“soft spot”) comes together.
Delayed Speech: may respond to opening up the entire cranial vault.
Visual Disturbances: can be related to restrictions within the
sphenoid bone, which is the “wing bone” behind the eyes.
Releasing tension between the bones and membranes can
relieve visual challenges.
Seizures & Balance Disorders: indicate restrictions in the whole
body, especially the head and temporal bones.
Dr. Upledger does not contend that all hyperactivity,
abnormal fears, and dyslexia are due to craniosacral system
dysfunction. When they
are, however, the improvement in brain function following
physiological correction is usually prompt and dramatic.
therapy for children can help correct imbalances induced by the birth
process as well as those resulting from accidents.
Falls, illnesses, injury, braces and dental work can all affect the
craniosacral system. Children
and infants tend to respond much quicker and easier to this therapy than
adults because osseous
restrictions, membranous stress and tension have been present for much
less time than in adults. When
offered by a trained therapist, a safe, gentle CranioSacral evaluation and
treatment for infants and children can only help.
Other Conditions That May Be Avoided
Or Improved By CranioSacral Therapy
~ Hearing Problems
~ Motor Problems
~ Chronic Otitis
~ Down’s Syndrome
~ Abnormal Fears
Our bodies are designed for movement.
The movement of breath through our lungs, the flow of blood through
our arteries and veins, the movement of muscles, even the flow of thoughts
into words are examples of inherent movement.
The bones of our head are also designed to move as the flow of
cerebral spinal fluid fills and empties around our brain.
This fluid carries essential nutrients that feed and
fuel our central nervous system. Any
restriction within the movement of the bones from head trauma or spinal
cord injury affects the movement of the cerebral spinal fluid.
Any restrictions within the membranous fascial system of our bodies
affect the fluid dynamics of our entire body.
Our bodies are self correcting by design.
This means we have the ability to heal and recover from injury,
trauma, stress and tension. However,
if we do not have ample time to recover from one incident before another
one occurs or if a trauma is severe, our bodies may not be able to fully
dissipate the negative effects of prior stressors.
Sometimes we need some extra help.
To learn more about CranioSacral
Therapy, contact The Upledger Institute at 1-800-233-5880 or www.upledger.com.