Tretment for Babies

We treat many babies for a variety of conditions, primarily using cranial osteopathy and craniosacral therapy but also with specialist Respiratory Physiotherapy for bronchiolitis (see below).

Craniosacral Therapy for Babies

Fiona Allan MCSP

Fiona Allan has spent many years working in physiotherapy and is now working at reCentre offering Craniosacral Therapy with a specialist interest in treating babies.

Fiona is a very experienced therapist and is also a tutor at the College of Craniosacral Therapy in London.

Birth can be a wonderful and beautiful experience however; even the most straight forward birth can be traumatic for a newborn. The birth process involves compression and rotational forces being exerted on the unborn skull and pelvis in order to propel the unborn child through the birth canal. These forces can become imprinted within the newborns body and certain rotational or compression forces can sometimes be seen and felt e.g. asymmetrical skull (plagiocephaly) and neck tightness (torticollis). What is more, these compression and rotational forces are accompanied by some degree of shock.

Imagine you yourself are being squeezed through a narrow canal, much smaller in circumference that your head, with no understanding of what was going on. You would probably feel scared, fearful and anxious. Your fight-flight mechanism would be stimulated and adrenalin would be released throughout your body. This results in raised heart rate, respiratory rate and tightening in the emotional centres of your body; the heart and solar plexus. This is what happens during the birthing process. The effects of forces and shock on the system can manifest as conditions such as colic, reflux, and digestive problems - a crying, agitated and restless baby. A newborn may have problems feeding or may have difficulty sleeping.

Craniosacral Therapy is a very gently, non-invasive hands-on treatment involving very light contacts on various parts of the body. It is very effective in releasing shock and tension within the baby's system and any retained compression or rotational forces that result from the birth process. It is a very gentle treatment yet its effects can be quite profound.

What to expect:

Assessment: During the first assessment (45 minutes) a detailed history of pregnancy and birth is taken. Information on the baby's sleeping and feeding habits are also taken and anything else that may be relevant since birth.

Head and neck examination: Neck range of motion would be assessed for any tightness or restriction in range. Head shape would also be examined for asymmetry or areas of flatness or compression that may be a result from the birth process or sleep preference position since birth. Exercises and advice will be given as required.

CST: Very light contacts on various parts of the body. During this time the therapist is palpating any areas of tightness or restriction and allowing this to release. Babies generally really like these sessions and can become quite quiet during the treatment however this is not always the case. Baby can be treated on the couch or on mothers lap depending on how baby is on the day. Subsequent sessions are usually 30 minutes only for CST.

We would recommend all newborns should be assessed within the first 4 weeks for a post birth check. It is usual that only 1-2 sessions are needed with newborns because their bodies are very adaptable and can adjust easier than an older child. If your baby is showing signs of colic, reflux, digestive problems, difficulty sleeping and feeding or just generally 'not quite right' we would advise booking in for a session.

CST is also very good for new mothers and can help release tensions, restrictions and shock in the mothers system. It is an ideal treatment to help get the body back into physical and emotional balance following the birthing process both for mothers and babies.

Respiratory Physiotherapy for Bronchiolitis

Maud Cioffi MCSP

Bronchiolitis is common in infants and young children and affects the lower respiratory tract. Symptoms are initially similar to those of a cold and include a runny nose and cough. It can then, as the infection progresses, cause fever and a dry, persistent cough and the child often experiences difficulty with feeding and sleeping. After this, baby starts to produce excess mucous and the cough becomes wet and it is now that chest physiotherapy can be most effective.

Chest physiotherapy clears the lungs helping baby to breathe more easily, sleep and eat. Treatment will help reduce the intensity of the disease and help baby recover more quickly.

If you suspect your baby may have bronchiolitis, please first visit your GP for a diagnosis.

If you would like to ask for some advice, you may email maud@recentre-health.co.uk