I have been treating babies for over twenty years with cranial osteopathy and during this time Cranial Osteopathy for babies and children has become increasing popular. I gave a cranial treatment to a 6 week old baby today and so I will give a brief outline to my own unique approach which has made treating babies a delight.
I used to rock and treat a crying baby, walking up and down the room which was truly exhausting. When I trained with the British Exercises and Sports Medicine Courses 10 years ago on Core Stability and Pilates Rehabilitation, I bought several large Swiss Balls.
The Pilates Swiss ball is magic for sitting on. If I put a large foam rectangular pillow on my knees I can sit on the ball with the baby on the pillow and by keeping a steady rocking bounce, apply cranial osteopathy. It’s bliss for the baby, easy on my arms and back, a relief for the parents as they are reassured to see their baby enjoying the treatment. Parents are also relieved to see their baby responding quickly and needing fewer treatment sessions.
Often the parent has a Swiss ball which they can use at home. A difficult to manage baby is very exhausting and the gentle rocking movement of the Swiss ball calms distressed babies and seems such a simple solution.