Craniosacral Therapy(CST) Providing New Hope for Children with Health Issues
Dr. John Upledger developed CST over three decades ago. Results from this modality have been amazing researchers, patients, and parents ever since. Dr. Upledger is quoted as saying “I am thoroughly convinced that one of the best things we can do for our children is to have them begin life with smoothly functioning craniosacral systems”.
HOW CAN CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY HELP MY CHILDREN?
The birthing process can generate mild to severe Central Nervous System (CNS) abnormalities. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) can help your child overcome difficulties developed in utero, inherited diseases, and ailments acquired from their environment. A session of CST in the first few days of life can benefit the CNS and potentially reduce a wide spectrum of health challenges.
Children and adults of all ages benefit from CST in many ways. The shape of an infants head and skull bone override can be addressed naturally. Children are receiving impressive results with;
Chronic Ear Infection
A.D.D. and A.D.H.D.
Autism Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorders
Abnormal Muscle Tone
Strabismus, Nystagmus, and Other Disorders
Reflux and Digestive Disorders
Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Torticollis and Plagiocephaly
Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia
Down Syndrome and Genetic Disorders
Impaired Immune System
CST can be used along with other therapies the child may be receiving.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
When symptoms of the body are stressed they are not able to strengthen. A healthy CS system gives your child a strong immune system.
The Reticular Formation also called the RAS Reticular Alarm System is located inside the brain stem and runs the length of the spinal cord to the sacrum. The RAS receives impulses from all the sensory systems of the body, from proprioceptors, and parts of the brain as well. It acts as a triage officer. The RAS decides whether or not to act on information it has received from these systems. When the RAS is overstressed it interferes with the body’s ability to respond emotionally and physically in various ways. CST works directly with the RAS to help bring it into balance naturally. The fully functioning RAS does the job of balancing the Sympathetic Nervous System (used in flight or fright situations) with the Parasympathetic Nervous System. The result is a healthy balanced body.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A TREATMENT
Parents bring their children to my Massage Therapy office. I have a form for parents to fill out for me when they bring their child for treatment. A child may sit and play on the floor or sit or lie down on the massage table. Parents may bring a favorite toy or portable DVD device if their child would feel more comfortable. I prefer parents stay with their children during the session. Siblings are welcome to come along as well.
A session can last between 15-60 minutes, depending on the child’s tolerance. I explain to the child that CST is like receiving a light hug with my hands. Children can expect gentle, non-invasive touch therapy during their session.
Drinking extra water at the end of a treatment can aid the child in detoxification and the natural healing process that takes place during and after the session.
Children may lack words to describe how the therapy feels. Often times heat is felt or tummy gurgling is heard when restrictions are dissipating.
Parents are diligently looking for ways to help their children find optimal health. My desire is to work with parents to help them find successful ways to help their children. I would love to work with you to find a natural way to reveal your child’s potential. Please call today to make an appointment at 319 651-6804.