Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle form of hands-on therapy used to relax the body's muscle, fascia, and connective tissues. It is safe for people of any age including newborns immediately after birth. Birth is an intense and formative event for babies and their parents. The baby's position in the womb, the natural birth process, interventions in the birth process, and infant sleep and care practices cause tightness in the body (called areas of restriction). These restrictions can lead to symptoms for the baby and the breast/chestfeeding parent.
CST techniques use light touch and 5 grams of pressure (about the weight of a nickel) to release fascial restrictions. This allows nerves to conduct messages and muscles and bones to move freely. These techniques can improve symptoms including shallow latch, head turning preference, side preferences while feeding, back arching, trouble burping and/or passing gas, difficulty with tummy time, and crying/colic. CST techniques are also useful before and after surgical treatments for tongue, lip, and buccal ties. CST prior to these procedures sometimes allows us to avoid the procedure and other times optimizes the outcomes of the procedures. It calms and comforts a baby after a painful procedure. Calming the nervous system allows babies to adjust to the new range of motion in their mouth and learn new movement patterns.