Craniosacral Therapy is helpful for children with developmental delays, learning disabilities, ADD, ASD, sensory processing problems, neurological conditions, brain injuries, and chronic health conditions

There is a growing number of children diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, PDD,  Learning Disabilities, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Anxiety, Speech/Language Impairment, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, and neurological disorders.  

These diagnoses and many others, are labels and symptoms of the brain and nervous system are not functioning to it’s optimal capacity.

Many restrictions or tension patterns within the craniosacral system (brain and nervous system) are not detected by conventional approaches and may be impacting your child’s overall health and development. Restrictions and tension patterns can be caused by birth trauma, physical or emotional stress, surgeries, immobilization, illness, or many other factors.

Craniosacral Therapy  is a whole brain/body approach that can have a positive affect on your child's overall functioning. 

In addition to releasing structural/physical restrictions in the craniosacral system, CST helps promote self-regulation because it helps balance the autonomic nervous system and the vagus nerve. which is an important aspect of learning, behavior, attention, executive functioning, and social engagement. 

article on vagus nerve and autism click

Other conditions treated include: asthma, earaches, headaches, sinus problems, sleep problems etc..                       

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) for babies/infants

As a result of a difficult birth, fetal trauma, a long labor, the use of forceps or a vacuum suction tube, the soft bones of the head may become distorted. This and other traumas may lead to a variety of  developmental delays and chronic health conditions.  Over a series of visits, the craniosacral therapist gently (less than 5 grams of pressure) releases the soft tissue structures that surround the brain and spinal cord. This allows for normal movement of the brain. Craniosacral therapy has the capacity to rapidly resolve problems babies have; these include colic, sucking difficulties, sleep problems, and behavioral issues 

What is a session like?

My hands are gently placed in various positions to facilitate relaxation.  It is important for mom to be in the room close by because babies are still very connected to their moms. 

It may look like I am not doing much during a session beacuse I hold my hands very still so that I can "listen to your baby's body".  My hands will feel and release areas of tension or restriction. Tension can be caused from being cramped in-utero, the delivery process or for many other reasons.  I will facilitate and allow your baby's body the freedom to correct itslef. CranioSacral therapy is very gentle and nurturing for babies.   Babies generally feel a sense of relaxation and warmth through their body. This allows an area of tension and tightness to soften and become more relaxated. They may gently move and stretch as their bodies release. 

Craniosacral Therapy is helpful for babies with:

excessive gas
sleep problems
decreased feeding 
eczema or other skin irritation
discomfort during tummy time
recurrent ear infections
Flat head- plagiocephaly

CranioSacral therapy should be considered for babies with:  

forceps or vacuum extraction delivery 
c-section delivery 
breech or transverse in utero position 
prolonged labor or pushing time 
short labor or pushing time  
any type of Birth Trauma
pregnancy complications (gestational diabetes, illness, preterm labor, etc.) 
History of decreased movements in utero

CranioSacral therapy may also be considered if you notice:

flat spots or bulges anywhere on the head 
overlapping sutures anywhere on the head
strong head preference to one side 
stiff movements 
decreased eye contact 

For more information on craniosacral therapy for babies including plagiocephaly (flat head) you can visit this site:

This information is for informational purposes only. CranioSacral Therapy does NOT replace any advice or medications your baby's pediatrician has prescribed.  It is used in conjunction with your medical doctor's recommendations and prescriptions or with other therapies.

I have been working as an occupational therapist in pediatrics for 17 years in a variety of settings. I am a certified craniosacral therapist and have been practicing craniosacral therapy for 14 years. I have studied Craniosacral Therapy for pediatrics and am certified in both Upledger and biodynamic craniosacral therapy.  I am trained in Sensory Integration(SI), Brain Gym, NDT, reflex integration, and pediatric yoga. I am former karate instructor for children, a certified New York State Early Intervention therapist (birth-3). 

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