Craniosacral Massage Therapy for Babies

Published: Jan 24, 2022 | Revised: Mar 6, 2022
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

Craniosacral Massage Therapy for Babies

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) or Craniosacral Massage was developed in the USA, in the 1970s, by John Upledger, an osteopathic physician. It’s a gentle, manual method of evaluating and manipulating the function of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system.

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CST, which is a clothed massage therapy, is also used for newborns and older infants to resolve tensions and restrictions in the baby’s head, spine or body. These restrictions may have been caused by pressures experienced by the baby during the late pregnancy of the mother and/or by the forceful movements during birth.

CST typically comprises of massaging and lightly touching the bones and connective tissue around the skull. Additionally, parts of the pelvis and the spine downwards to the sacrum (tailbones) may also be manipulated.

It’s thought that CST for infants can resolve nursing i.e. feeding problems, a range of head traumas, a restricted jaw opening or jaw clamping, bone misalignments, digestive issues, difficulties with swallowing, crossed or wandering eyes, and an asymmetrical head form, among other health conditions.

Besides correcting or alleviating birth injuries, CST can also help to resolve more common problems, such as colic, abdominal cramps, headaches, ear infections, eye problems, and teething issues, and so on.

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