One of the best known applications of biodynamic craniosacral therapy (BCST) is with newborns and young children. Since no physical manipulation is used, it can provide a safe, gentle approach to their wellbeing.
Babies’ cranial bones are designed to accommodate the pressure of being born and often, in the weeks following birth, many babies find their own balance as their bodies settle from the rigours of birth. But sometimes a little help is needed – and a few sessions of BCST can be useful.
Many Midwives and Lactation Consultations will recommend BCST to help with unsettled feeding issues and reflux, and also with babies who are overly alert (hyperarousal of the Central Nervous System - which can result in constant crying when all baby's comfort needs have been met). Another common issue with newborns is a torticollis, where a newborn typically holds their head to one side and has difficulty turning it, which restricts their ability to feed from both sides.
Babies will usually respond quickly to BCST and often require only one or two treatments (depending on the presenting issue).
Deborah takes a flexible approach to ensure a baby's comfort that can involve them lying on the treatment table or in a parent's arms, or while breastfeeding or lying on the mother's stomach. An older child can be treated while playing with a favourite toy or looking at a book.
Mothers If you are an expectant or new mother, you can also benefit from BCST to help you adjust to your ever-changing body during pregnancy, and also to re-balance your body after birth. Stress and tension in your body affects your every interaction with baby, including lactation. Problems can also arise from a prolapsed uterus after childbirth. Menstrual cramps, difficulty with intercourse, and an inability to fully empty your bladder are common post-partum issues. Some new mothers develop low back pain that is caused by the tension in the ligaments that hold the uterus upright. A caesarian (C-section) can result in problems with internal scar tissue. All of these issues can respond favourably to BCST and generally the sooner you can address them, the better. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Bookings Birkenhead, Auckland ph: 027 255 5522 | Alternate Mondays and Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays | Online Bookings