Mother and Babies CST

Birth can be a wonderful and beautiful experience however, even the most straight forward birth can be traumatic for a newborn (and mother). 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.   The effects of physical 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.

Cranio Sacral Therapy and your baby


Cranio Sacral Therapy is a very gentle treatment. 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.   Cranio Sacral Therapy is also very good for new mothers and can help release tensions, restrictions and shock within the mothers system following the pregnancy and birthing process (see Cranio Sacral Therapy)    This therapy is an ideal treatment to help get the body back into physical and emotional balance following the birthing process both for mothers and babies.

What to expect in a session


During the first assessment 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.   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.   Cranio Sacral Therapy involves 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. Babies can be treated on the couch or on mothers lap depending on how baby is on the day.   Subsequent sessions are usually 30 to 45 minutes. Catherine recommends all newborns should be assessed within the first 4 weeks for a post birth check. It is usual that only 1- 3 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' it would be advisable to get this checked out.  
Some conditions that babies have received Cranio Sacral Therapy to help with include:
 
  • Colic and reflux
  • Talipes
  • Torticollis (neck tightness)
  • Restless baby syndrome
  • Digestive problems
  • Feeding/suckling problems
  • Wind
  • Squint/lazy eye
  • Teething problems
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome)
  • Developmental problems/delayed milestones

Ahead for Health Plagiocephaly Clinic


 

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Catherine offers assessment, advice and treatment for babies with Positional Plagiocephaly. She is fully trained in the orthotic management of Plagiocephaly and the LOCband and, before moving back to Newcastle in 2015, used to work alongside the founders (and clinicians) of the LOCband at The London Orthotic Consultancy for almost 14 years specialising in this treatment.

The LOCband is manufactured by the London Orthotic Consultancy (LOC). It is manufactured to strict standards and guidelines. It is the only commercially available Cranial Orthosis to be manufactured in the UK and therefore has less of an environmental impact than imported Orthoses. LOC is registered with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as bespoke manufacturer of the LOCband.

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What is Positional Plagiocephaly (Flat Head Syndrome)?

Positional Plagiocephaly refers to the condition characterised by abnormal flattening on the back or on one side of the head. It results from prolonged external pressure to the infant’s skull e.g. head turn preference during sleeping.Since the Back to Sleep Campaign, the incidence of Plagiocephaly has increased from 1 in 300 to 1 in 50 infants. Other causes of Plagiocephaly include torticollis (neck tightness), prematurity, difficult birth (forceps, suction) and in-utero flattening e.g. twins or breech presentation. Plagiocephaly is also common in children with colic, reflux, and chronic congestion.

Plagiocephaly: There are 3 recognised head shapes

The above images and information have been reproduced with the kind permission of The London Orthotic Consultancy who own the copyright. www.londonorthotics.co.uk

How does the LOCband work?

The LOCband relies on cranial growth to work and therefore the LOCband can only improve head shape if cranial growth is occurring i.e. the babies head is growing. Cranial growth is assessment by regular head circumference measurements and palpation of the cranial soft spots (fontanelles). Typically a child’s fontanelles fuse around 18-24 months meaning there is potentially a 2 year window of opportunity to treat Plagiocephaly with the LOCband.

Why would LOCband treatment be recommended?

  • If a child / baby has severe head flattening that is too severe to correct through repositioning alone.
  • If a child is too old for repositioning (typically older than 7 months of age).
  • If there has not been enough improvement in head shape after repositioning trial (4 weeks).

Please note that LOCband treatment does not treat a condition called Craniosynostosis. This is a condition where the fontanelles prematurely fuse limiting cranial growth and causing significant deformity. This is assessed for in clinic and it there are any concerns appropriate referrals can be made.

LOCband Results

Plagiocephaly - 6 months in LOCband

 

Brachycephaly - 4 months in LOCband

Prices:

Assessment (60 minutes) £50

 

  • Full detailed history of pregnancy, birth, delivery and post birth
  • Cranial measurements
  • Neck assessment for tightness if applicable
  • Discussion of severity and treatment options
  • Repositioning advice and techniques depending on age of child
  • Full explanation of LOCband treatment

Repositioning Review (30-40 minutes) £40

  • Repeat cranial measurements
  • Repositioning review and technique check if applicable
  • Recommendations on intervention depending on repositioning success

LOCband Treatment (length of time in treatment depends on age, severity and compliance. Average length of time is 3-6 months) £1,950

  • Assessment and cranial measurements
  • Scan (3d head scan to custom make LOCband)
  • LOCband (different transfer patterns available)
  • Before and after scan and photo reports
  • Cleaning solutions for the LOCband
  • Regular follow-up appointments every 2-4 weeks (for duration of treatment)
  • All correspondence and reports to GP and medical professionals.

Payment plans are available and these can be discussed at the assessment.

If you want to book in for an assessment then please call our Lowfell Clinic on 0191 4350560

Alternatively if you want to speak to Catherine directly regarding this treatment you can contact her on 07980 283523 or email her at catherine@aheadforhealth.co.uk