And should you too?
Cranial osteopathy is subtle form of treatment, particularly great for treating babies and children. It is a gentle treatment that works on the head and the spine to increase comfort and find a position of ease. But why would your baby or child find it helpful?
Every birth is different, every pregnancy is different, and every baby has a unique journey into the world. Quite often this can come along with a certain amount of trauma, possibly with a ventouse or forceps delivery. During birth the cranial bones fold on top of each other and then unfold again in the 24 hours after birth. Sometimes, however, this may not happen fully. These events can result in the baby having an odd-shaped head, rotational and compressive strains, bruising, torticollis (neck restriction to one side) and also suffering from discomfort and irritability. It can also lead to restlessness, difficulty latching comfortably or difficulty sleeping, colic, constipation, and more.
So how does cranial osteopathy help?
The osteopath takes a thorough history of the pregnancy, labour and birth, and the habits since birth. The treatment is therefore individual to each baby.
The osteopath has years of specialised training in cranial techniques and has developed a highly sensitised sense of touch. He or she is able to work with involuntary movements within the body. The osteopath places his or her hands very lightly on the baby and will gently release tensions within the body allowing the baby to feel more settled. From the outside it may look like nothing at all is happening and mostly the babies will stay very relaxed and calm throughout the treatment. Some babies may even sleep.
The osteopath can point out tightness and tension and give advice as to how to help the baby moving forward. As Pippa says in the article she wrote for the Waitrose Weekender ÔÇ£the osteopath noticed one side of his neck was tighter than the other, which explained why he favoured one side sleeping.ÔÇØ
What about Mum?
Cranial osteopathy is not just great for baby but also great for the mother as well. During pregnancy and giving birth the body goes through huge physical changes. These can have a long-lasting effect, months or even years after the event. Cranial osteopathy is a great non-invasive treatment option for the post-partum mum to help the body gently realign.
So why not look after yourself and your little one. Or if you know someone who might benefit from some cranial osteopathy, tell them to get in touch.
Reference: Pippa Middleton, Wellbeing column, Waitrose and partners WEEKEND. 24/10/19
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