“Please can Craniosacral Therapy do anything to help my son?” Michael is a cherubic 21-month old with a diagnosis of Microcephaly, that is decreased head circumference. When he was evaluated, he was found to have sweeping developmental delays: he did not walk or stand, he did not talk, he did not make eye contact or interact at all. Michael seemed to be isolated in his own, painful world.
Physicians had given him a poor prognosis. His mother was told “He has a 90% chance of severe mental retardation, that he would never walk, and that he would be a non-functional, non-productive human being.” Not accepting this as his future, his mother searched for hope for Michael. Her search led to our clinic, Integrative Pediatric Therapy for treatment utilizing Craniosacral Therapy.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive form of treatment which facilitates the body’s own healing mechanism to function more efficiently. The therapy focuses on normalizing abnormal tensions and stresses in the meningeal membranes with special attention to the outermost membrane, the dura mater, and its facial connections. The dura mater is a tough, waterproof membrane that envelops the brain and spinal cord. An important function of this system is the production, circulation and reabsorption of the cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid is produced within the craniosacral system and maintains the physiological environment in which the brain and nervous system develop, live and function. Dr. John Upledger, an osteopathic physician and researcher, developed this approach.
When Michael’s craniosacral system was evaluated it was found to have many restrictions to the inherent mobility of the system. He had involvement of the cranial and vertebral bones, the dural and intracranial membranes, and a decreased cerebrospinal fluid flow. Using craniosacral therapy, mobility is being restored to the components to his system.
What does this mean to Michael and his mother? After the first treatment he pulled himself to standing in his crib, something he had never done. The persistent dark circles under his eyes vanished. By the third session, he was making eye contact, talking more and he called out “Mama”! Within a month his pediatrician verified that his head had grown one inch in circumference. The gains have continued with each treatment. He pulls himself to stand, walks behind push toys and appears to take great delight in exploring his surroundings. He is communicating his needs more and he looks into his mother’s face when they talk. He looks into our eyes and smiles a huge smile and we know he is happier in his body . He has even begun horseback riding and is showing a real love for a horse named Checkers. A horse he can pick out from all the others in the stable.
Craniosacral therapy has indeed helped Michael. It has already changed the once grim prognosis to one with hope for his future.
(Article Provided By: Integrative Pediatric Therapy)