Cranio Sacral Therapy for Nurses on Maternity
Pediatric Cranio-Sacral Therapy starts during "Antenatal" service.
Pregnancy is an example of rapid physiological and structural changes for the mother-to-be. Enlarging Uterus is accompanied by peritoneal and facial stretch and progressive effect on the neighborhood body fascia and eventually compromising the dura membrane and nerve roots exits.
Baby growing to a large size in the womb, or if the mother's pelvis is relatively small, the baby may be in shortage of space ( as in twins). Cramping and contracted pelvis can cause baby growth in an asymmetrical pattern leading to contraction of one side of the head or body.
These patterns, may remain after birth, are usually amenable to Cranio-Sacral Therapy. Different intrauterine baby postures may result in some stretched fascia patterns, which normalize after birth. While failure to achieve this process, it may result in uncomfortable symptoms as constipation and crying to excess.
Baby in breech position can find room to turn into cephalic position after a Cranio-Sacral therapy session.
"Still point" is a physiological rest to cranial rhythm. "Induced still' point" during therapy session has profound parasympathetic effects on the mother and the baby. J. Upledger recalls in his book, an incident of prolonged labor process, managed and facilitated effective labor pains by induction of "still points" to the mother.
A pioneer anthropologist, Margaret Meade, points to health - social feature of a tribe who lived in jungles of Papua and New Guinea. They treat pregnant women nicely and care of all their needs and elevated to the position of 'Queen'. These women have less stress, easy labor and give birth to "peaceful people" as they produce no traumatized babies and were harmonious in their social interactions.
We can recognize the impact of modern societies on a mother-to-be, due to social and financial needs that could be eased off.