It is a common belief that babies and children should have no structural stresses or strains in their bodies, because they are “so young”. The reality is very different. Birth is one of the most stressful events of our lives. The baby is subjected to enormous forces as the uterus pushes to expel the baby against the natural resistance of the birth canal. The baby has to turn and twist as it squeezes through the bony pelvis on its short but highly stimulating and potentially stressful journey.
The baby’s head has the remarkable ability to absorb these stresses in a normal delivery. In order to reduce the size of the head, the soft bones overlap, bend and wrap as the baby descends. Many babies are born with odd shaped heads as a result. In the first few days, the head can usually be seen to gradually lose the extreme moulded shape as the baby suckles, cries and yawns. However, this unmoulding process is often incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult. As a result the baby may have to live with some very uncomfortable stresses in its head and body.
Cranial Therapy is very effective for the treatment of the following conditions among others: