Birth is generally known as the most stressful event in our lives. As the baby travels through the birth canal, they experience a highly stimulating and potentially stressful journey. During a normal delivery, the baby’s head has the remarkable ability to absorb these stresses, as the soft bones overlap. Any asymmetries in the shape of the baby’s head resolve naturally in the first few days through suckling, crying and yawning. However, osteopaths believe that following a difficult birth, the unmoulding process may be incomplete, leaving the infant with uncomfortable stresses within its head and body.
“Cranial osteopathy is very gentle and safe for babies and children. Cranial osteopaths are trained to use a finely developed sense of touch to feel the very subtle rhythmical shape changes that occur throughout the body tissues, so any strains or tension the body is carrying can be gently released. Gentle pressure is applied to release stresses in the head and body and after each session young patients generally feel relaxed.