What do people think of CranioSacral Therapy?

Niki - posted on 05/28/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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It has been suggested that we try CranioSacral Therapy with our daughter (she is going to be 1 next weekend). I was wondering if anyone has had this done with there child this early. What did you see as benefits? How long did it take for you to start seeing things? Any information you can give me would be great!!! I want to get all the info I can as we all know the words we hate to hear "that is not a covered benefit". A little background on her again, she isn't given the full dx of SPD but instead just vestibular and sensory issues. Possibly lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy. Thank you again!!

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User - posted on 07/08/2009

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I can NOT say enough about this! My son suffered from tremendously dibilitating sensory integration issues (to the point where he was nearly asked to leave school) and I had tried every sort of conventional therapy the OT suggested--for 5 years. Finally this past fall (when he was 6) we started craniosacral therapy and manual physical therapy. Well, after the VERY FIRST session we noticed a difference! His teacher even called me at home to ask what i was doing differently! And things continued to improve steadily. I could go on and on about the specific changes but it is probably sufficient to say that he is a totally new child--like, a weight has been lifted off his shoulders. The jist of it is that sensory troubles actually stem from a structural misalignment (often occuring during the birth process) which causes the nerves/spine to be impinged upon, thus triggering a stress on the nervous system. Any further external sensory demand becomes an overload on the already taxed system and an over load on the child. This therapy works to very gently and gradually re-align the structure of the body. So, now for nearly a year we have driven 3 hrs roundtrip once a week so he can receive this treatment (not to mention paying out of pocket). It is the best thing I have ever done for my child. Please, please give it a try. It is completely non-invasive (my son even likes it and often falls asleep during treatment) and just may be the thing you're little one needs. Best of Luck!

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Msanft - posted on 11/15/2014

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I practice Cranial Sacral Therapy in NY and work on many children and adults and have seen great changes over almost 30 years. It is gentle and is a great therapy.

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Wow I am very encouraged by this. I have been searching for something "else" my son has SPD and is getting OT and PT and speech in his school and while we have seen improvements in his academics his emotional development seems to be back sliding. I have not heard of this therapy. How can I find someone in my area (NM) that does this? Any information is most appreciated. :)

Niki - posted on 07/18/2009

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Thank you. I need to get in touch with the OT that I know who does it because I don't know many people who do it or how to find out it they do it. They are considering having her see an neurologist now. I hope that this would help. Thank you for your info.

Niki - posted on 06/18/2009

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Thank you for the info. I think that this is something we really need to try with her. I just wanted to get some input from people who have tried it with their children. Thank you again!

Kelcey - posted on 06/12/2009

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My son has been getting it for a little while. It has been great. I noticed a little at first but I knew it was helping little by little. The true test of what it was doing was when we had to go almost a month without it and he lost it.He was having major melt downs everyday and more than once and they would last for sometimes hours. You could really see that the therapy was really needed. He was actually happy to see her. You could see tha calm in his face.

Niki - posted on 06/07/2009

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Yeah, I am not even going to try and get it covered. We have tried 2 different times to get therapies covered (since she isn't dx with full SPD, just sensory and vestibular issues we thought we should try it). Both times we were denied. What changes did you see with your children (before and after)? (if you don't mind me asking). Thank you for any help.

Misty - posted on 06/07/2009

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I had it done on my son as early as three months and have done it on both of my children ever since, (I am a massage therapist, and do basic holds.) Babies respond very well to it and it can be helpful after the head trauma that comes with birth, (C-section kids can use it too.)

A good naturaopath or massage therapist can probably put you in touch with somebody good. Good luck getting it covered.

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