Pediatric Treatments

Infants and children benefit immensely from bodywork treatments.

Because kids are growing so fast, regular bodywork like craniosacral therapy and shonishin can quickly rectify any imbalances that pop up along the way.

And because the body and mind are part of the same whole, bodywork can benefit all aspects of your child’s development, including their emotions. 

Even if nothing big is going on, regular treatments can smooth the path for your children so they grow easily into the person they are destined to be.

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle form of hands-on bodywork, making it a highly effective therapy for infants, children, and adults alike.

By using no more than 5 grams of force (about the weight of a nickel), craniosacral therapy accesses the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system and is able to relieve tension and imbalance in the body that might otherwise be overlooked.

When used on children and babies, craniosacral therapy can help the body grow and function with less restriction, and contributes to better development outcomes.

 

What is Shonishin?

Shonishin is a non-invasive form of acupuncture that is ideal for children, infants, and sensitive patients.

Using blunt, rounded tools, the surface of the body is stimulated using gentle stroking, tapping, and pressing techniques which help to smooth the flow of Qi (life-force energy) through the channels and at specific acupuncture points.

 

The Best Times to Seek Treatment in Infants:

 

  • Immediately after birth & within the first few weeks of life
  • Baby “dropped” before labor began
  • Birth wasn’t ideal
  • There are feeding issues
  • Tongue and/or lip tie, before & after release
  • Baby favors turning head to one side
  • Baby develops a flat spot on the head
  • Baby has colic or is generally fussy or sensitive
  • There is excessive spitting up, or baby is regularly spitting up curdled milk
  • During recovery from circumcision
  • After immunizations, especially if there was a notable reaction and/or fever
  • Monthly wellness visits, especially around developmental milestones

Treatment Can Also Help Older Children with a Wide Range of Issues:

 

  • Growing Pains
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Digestive problems
  • Bed-wetting
  • Night-terrors
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Learning difficulties
  • After an injury or hospitalization
  • Failure to thrive
  • Other physical or emotional difficulties
  • After immunizations, especially if there was a notable reaction and/or fever
  • Monthly wellness visits, especially around developmental milestones

What to Expect During Treatments

Because children are so wonderfully open and sensitive, pediatric treatments generally don’t take very long to cause great effect.

While some treatments might last up to 30 minutes, most pediatric treatments are much shorter.

Some parents are shocked when it seems like the actual treatment only lasts 5 or 10 minutes, but you’ll be amazed at the changes that can be triggered with even the shortest treatments!

This is because children’s bodies are miraculously wise.

They haven’t had as much time to settle into pathological patterns as adults, so small and gentle suggestions are often enough to encourage a re-balancing of their entire mind-body system.

Still, ample time is scheduled in every appointment to give you and your child time to settle in, accommodate for diaper changes, breast-feeding, and to give us enough time to discuss dietary, herbal, and lifestyle modifications that can keep up the positive momentum between sessions.

What to Expect After Treatments

Your child may be extra sleepy, alert, hyper, hungry, fussy, or even happy for a day or so after treatment.

All of these are good signs that your child is responding positively to the treatment.

On very rare occasions, symptoms may appear to get worse before they get better in what’s commonly referred to as a healing reaction, but things should settle down within a day.

The great thing about gentle treatments like craniosacral therapy and shonishin is that they don’t cause any harm while still being highly effective. So if your child has symptoms that concern you after treatment, it’s very likely that they have something else going on that should be looked at by their doctor.

If this happens, or if you ever have any questions or concerns, please email Katerina and/or contact your primary doctor to make sure something more serious isn’t going on.

 How Many Treatments Are Needed?

That depends on the child, the issue at hand, and the circumstances.

Generally speaking, results are cumulative and multiple treatments are recommended.

As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to plan on coming in for 3 treatments and then evaluating progress from there.

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