Pregnancy & Birthing

How can it help?

CranioSacral Therapy Strengthens the body's ability to take better care of itself. It helps alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction.


Through the on-going use of CST during pregnancy and delivery the following clinical findings have been noted:


* CranioSacral Therapy has been able to be used instead of Pitocin to both start and/or augment labour.


* Adequate progress for the Active Phase of the First Stage of Labour (4-10 dilation) - 1.0 cm per hour - mothers receiving CranioSacral have not shown any evidence of prolonged labour.


* Infants born to those mothers who have received epidurals have shown non-negative effects of the epidural.


* While birthing a baby quickly may imply "more efficiency," and while our average Second Stage (time pushing) is shorter when CranioSacral Therapy is applied, speed is not necessarily a sought after goal. Optimizing whatever time it takes IS the goal.


* None of the babies born have required resuscitation efforts.


* Common phrases used by mothers after first few weeks include: "alert, not fussy, at peace with him/her, calm."


*Mothers report recovering more quickly and that the adjustment to motherhood is not difficult, or not as difficult, compared with the birth of their other children.


* Breastfeeding seems to be more easily accomplished and parents seem to be enjoying their children more.


* Applying CranioSacral Therapy during a new mother's first labour and delivery appears to assist the mother through subsequent labours and deliveries.


* Involving fathers and siblings during CranioSacral sessions can strengthen the bond within the entire family.


* Employing the techniques we have developed appear to be producing consistent, predictable results.

What does it feel like?

A typical CST session takes place in a quiet setting with mother-to-be resting on a massage table in a position most comfortable for her. Of course during labour treatment may occur however the mother needs to be; on the floor, in a bed, in a pool, in a hospital bed... A new mom is usually treated in a seated position or lying on a massage table with her baby.


Using a light touch, generally no more than the weight of a nickel, the therapist monitors the rhythm of the fluid that circulates throughout the central nervous system of the mother and the baby to detect potential imbalances. Delicate hands-on techniques are then used to release any tensions that may be affecting either mother or baby. Similar hands-on treatments are applied to a new mom and her baby.


A session can last from 30 minutes to more than an hour. The results is a central nervous system that is more free of restrictions and a body that's better able to return to its greatest levels of health and performance..

CranioSacral Therapy for Conception, Pregnancy and Birthing

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on approach that works through the craniosacral system to alleviate a range of disorders and to improve health. Because of the non-invasive nature of this modality, it has virtually no negative side effects. The application of CST principles can be used to facilitate the process of procreation from initial thought of becoming prospective parents to the successful delivery of the child.


All of the amazing changes that take place in an expectant mother's anatomy show the beautiful design of her body, and how prepared her body is to conceive and nuture a baby throughthe gestation period. This wonderful example of the body's intelligence and why we should follow its lead. This is also why CranioSacral Therapy works so well. Under the premise that the human body wants to correct (heal) itself, and that both mother and baby (fetus) know what needs to be undertaken to affect a successful delivery, CranioSacral Therapy can be applied prior to conception, through pregnancy, labour and delivery. This is empowering to the mother and child, as well as to the father and family of the newborn.


As the pregnancy progresses, CranioSacral Therapy techniques are employed which focus on the mother and the baby as individuals concurrently while functioning as one. The results have significantly demonstrated that the process is facilitated and the outcomes are improved.


Complementing traditional methods or prenatal care with appropriate use of CST may preclude the need for other more invasive techniques. CST may also ease the recovery from necessary invasive procedures. Ideally, the birth will be remembered as a wonderful experience and the "labour" as a labour of love.

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How it can Help

How can it help?

Chronic Neck, Back and Joint Pain

Headaches and Migraines

Morning Sickness

Stress and Tension-related Problems

Fatigue

Emotional concerns

Challenges with conception

Many other conditions related to pregnancy

What Healthcare Professionals Are Saying About CST

“As the former Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Lemoore California, I had the distinct pleasure to welcome CranioSacral Therapist Carol Mcllellan into our facility. I was able to observe first-hand the positive impact that CranioSacral therapy (CST) had on the health care of our patients and made me a true professional supporter of this therapy. In fact, I am now such a strong proponent of CST that I will go on the record to say that it is essential for CST to be integrated into mainstream hospital practice.


Carol Mclellan initially introduced CST in our hospital to our expecting parents in the prenatal setting, and on the labour and delivery unit. Our patients who had CST during their labour loved their birth experience. The benefits to mothers and infants are numerous.”

- Sandra L. DeGroot, RN, CNM, MSN, CAPT, Nurse Corps USN, Retired



The Gentle work of CST during pregnancy relieved my physical complaints, helped me prepare mentally and emotionally for childbirth, and allowed me to connect more deeply with my baby. I am so thankful to have discovered this treatment during my pregnancy, as it has helped me tremendously.”

- M.D., Hanford, CA

Fertility

CranioSacral Therapy

Many of the issues that contribute to infertility can be traced to scar tissue, fascial restriction, and lymphatic congestion in the pelvic region. Manual therapy techniques exist to release fascial restrictions, to mobilize tight ligaments, and to drain congested lymphatics, all of which can be applied to the reproductive system. CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch Osteopathic technique that can help  with physical fertility concerns or somatoemotional fertility concerns.

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