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What is Craniosacral therapy?

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a non-invasive, hands-on therapy that aims to enhance the body's own healing capabilities by aligning the body’s natural rhythms and activating healing and balancing mechanisms. CST treatment can be used for babies and adults.

 

Craniosacral therapy for babies

CST is often used for infants who have undergone a difficult delivery or experienced a birth injury. The bones of the head are separate moving parts, wonderfully designed by nature to move and adjust as the baby travels through the birth canal. A baby’s head is designed to be flexible and strong enough to push its way out under pressure. However, problems can occur when cranial bones get twisted or compressed and then remain out of shape. CST involves massaging and touching the bones around the skull in order to minimize pain, promote growth, and help babies recover from birth trauma. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many newborn babies could benefit from a Craniosacral treatment within two weeks of birth – ideally in the first few days.

What to expect

Craniosacral therapy involves light holding of the skull and sacrum and barely detectable movements. Practitioners believe that the tiny manipulations of CST affect the pressure and circulation of cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord.

Dr. Erica Louise Smith, DC is a Craniosacral practitioner who is trained and certified in this technique.

Can help babies with...

  • Birth trauma, such as issues from a vacuum or forceps extraction or an emergency C-section

  • Trouble breastfeeding

  • Constipation

  • Gastrointestinal pain and acid reflux

  • Colic

  • Not sleeping well, including early days when day and night seem to be reversed for the infant

  • Teething pain

  • Head-shape issues

  • Problems stemming from the birthing process

  • Ear aches

  • Developmental delays

Can help adults with...

If you would like more information about CST or to schedule an appointment, please call 323.549.0070.