We recently discussed the top 3 career advantages craniosacral training offers healthcare providers, as well as the types of health professionals who can benefit from this education. But beyond the career perks you gain from additional training, let’s examine the most important question at hand: what’s in it for your young patients? How can your pediatric clientele benefit from expanded access to craniosacral therapy as a potential treatment option?
First, we must understand what craniosacral therapy is, the symptoms it aims to treat, and the health benefits it tends to promote. While Bek’s Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy training courses offer an extensive review and practical application of these points, the basic goal behind this modality is to use gentle, manual manipulations to relax tension in the connective tissue tied to the central nervous system. Treatment can relieve brain and spinal cord-associated symptoms such as the following:
- Spinal pain
- Stress and anxiety
- Developmental delay in children
- Colic, constipation, breastfeeding difficulties, and signs of distress in infants
Regular sessions can also improve quality of life for children with autism, ADHD, and behavioral challenges. In particular, children on the autism spectrum can benefit from bonding hormones (such as oxytocin) released during gentle touch; the relaxing and meditative environment; and the opportunity to build a trusting connection with a trained therapist.
The purpose of craniosacral therapy becomes apparent when we break down the word itself. “Cranio” refers to the cranium, or the skull, while “sacral” refers to the sacrum, or the base of the spinal column. Craniosacral treatment applies to all the areas in between — all the way up the spine and up to the top of the head. When the soft tissue and and bones in these regions are consistently tense or under pressure, pain and stress-related symptoms are exacerbated. Craniosacral therapy training teaches the set of hands-on techniques that allows a practitioner to tap into the central nervous system, alleviate strain, and ultimately increase patient comfort.
Whether you are in training or a currently practicing naturopath, chiropractor, MD, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech and language pathologist, midwife, massage practitioner, or lactation consultant, your young clientele may be excellent candidates for pediatric craniosacral therapy. Healthcare professionals who are new to craniosacral therapy can sign up for Bek’s Level 1 training course (deadline is June 23; class is July 14-16), and advanced trainees should enroll in the Level 2 training course ASAP before the April 15 registration deadline! The Level 2 course will take place from May 6-7.
Contact Bek Wiltbank for more information. We can’t wait to help you help your patients!