One of the most common reasons for babies under six months old requiring Cranial Osteopathy treatment is Reflux. These babies can be very irritable and unsettled for long periods during the day and night.
Reflux can affect breathing activity in the diaphragm muscle causing tension through the diaphragm which influences the opening of the Oesophageal sphincter (food pipe valve) allowing the stomach contents to travel upwards into the oesophagus and throat.
This tension in the diaphragm may be as a result of a difficult or prolonged birth. Irritation to the nerves at the base of the skull that supplies the digestive system can also be a factor.
As a Cranial Osteopath, the treatment given reduces irritability to nerves at the base of the skull that supply the digestive tract and reduces tension in the breathing diaphragm.
babyREFLUX says “We agree that it is important for carer and baby to experience moments of pure relaxation, which this therapy can offer. Many parents report their baby to be calmer following a session, however there is no evidence that this is anything more than the effects of the carer ‘doing something’ to help their baby and feeling relieved as a result. Babies are acutely aware of their carer’s feelings and respond accordingly.”
sic. By Frank Kelleher D.O. Cranial Osteopath for Babies & Children