The task of putting in an appearance in this world is not always easy from the baby's perspective. Think about it; there you are, warm, comfortable with all your needs met, when suddenly you are being projected down a very tight tube, your head a battering ram, with forces of up to twenty-six pounds per square inch pushing you further into the unknown. Used to floating around at will, you are now held fast in a vice-like grip and there is a lot of screaming going on. You could be in this position for several hours; panic sets in, what’s going on?
The journey from the womb to mom's arms can be quite an emotional one because of all the changes taking place so quickly, or sometimes not so quickly, in the case of prolonged labour.
Thankfully Baby will have no conscious memory of this after it’s all over, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t had an effect. Fortunately most babies come through the ordeal unscathed; mothers have been perfecting the process for millions of years, but some do have problems as a result. These may show straight away as colic, resistance to suckling, constipation or diarrhoea. Regurgitating food, and an inability to settle or sleep for very long can also be a result.
There are also some problems that only become apparent after some time. The head may not move to one side, or one arm or leg may not move as much as the other. Possibly the most distressing for the parent is the endless crying for no discernible reason. Later still, learning difficulties may come to light.
The problems are very often a result of the soft tissue being strained or put in tension. Sometimes the bones of the skull can become jammed together or in severe cases become overlapped, resulting in pain and/or breathing difficulties. The birthing process may not always be the reason for some of these problems; they could have developed during the pregnancy.
Some babies move around a lot more than others, and in doing so quite often leave an arm or a leg behind in an awkward position, bringing about strain.
These tensions in the connective tissue can result in many problems that will carry forward into adolescence and adulthood unless diagnosed and treated. Fortunately the process is usually done quickly and easily by a Craniosacral Therapist. This is gentle and non-invasive, involving extremely light touch techniques to find and release restrictions, and restore normal function. Two or three treatments usually clears up most problems. Treatment can begin any time after birthing is complete, but can be done at any age, but the sooner the better, for all concerned.