Cranio-sacral therapy for babies
May 17, 2014 8:33 AM Subscribe
My son is four months old and has a couple of health issues. The physical therapist who sees him has been strongly and repeatedly recommending a practitioner who does cranio-sacral massage and myofasial release, but I'm nervous and confused!
posted by honeyx to Health & Fitness (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My son is four months old. He has congenital torticollis (tightness in his neck) and tightness down that whole side of his body. He also has congenital plagiocephaly (flat head). He is a twin...it got kinda cramped in there for him! He does physical therapy for his tortcollis. He also has reflux and is on medication for that, which has helped a TON.
The physical therapist he sees has been recommending cranio-sacral massage and myofascial release for him. She says she has worked with a lot of kids with similar issues as my son and that they have seen great benefits from this type of massage and from seeing this particular practitioner she is recommending. After significant internal debate, I decided to book an appointment.
Now that the appointment is booked, I'm starting to feel even more nervous about it however. I asked the practitioner lots of questions and she assured me of the safety of it. She says it is very gentle, but I still feel anxious!
Part of the issue is that I know next to nothing about massage and I'm uncomfortable stepping outside the medical model.
My fears are two fold. (1) This is going to hurt him, rather than help him. He is making lots of progress with physical therapy and the reflux medication works great. He used to be so uncomfortable all the time, and he is doing so much better now. I don't want to lose that or hurt him in any way.
(2) This is going to be totally ineffective. She is recommending three sessions at $42 per session. We are a single income family, so this is a significant expense to us, but I'm willing to pay it if it helps him.
So, are my fears grounded in any kind of reality? Have you had experience with this type of massage? What is the likelihood this type of massage could be helpful/harmful to him?