Cranial Adjusting

cranial adjusting techniques

Cranial Adjusting Techniques can help babies and children with cranial suture problems such as plagiocephaly and facial asymmetry as well as tongue tie, lip tie, birth trauma, and delays in developmental milestones (nursing/latching issues, crawling, walking, talking, reading etc.)

Cranial malformations may occur at birth. Normally the sutures and fontanelles allow the bones of the cranium to overlap one another during the birth process as the cranium compresses when passing through the birth canal. This process is called molding, and the cranial bones should resume their normal shape within one week of birth. This is important because the cranial bones need to expand and realign while the brain is rapidly growing during the first 3 years of a child’s life. The cranial bones also need to be able to expand and contract without being restricted to properly move cerebrospinal fluid through the brain and spinal cord to receive the proper nutrients. If the cranial bones get stuck and do not return to their normal alignment, this can lead to health and developmental issues.

Why is cranial alignment important for your child?

The brain grows 2.5 to 3 times its birth size in the first year of life 90% of neurological development is completed by age 6

If corrections to a malformed/misaligned cranium are not made it may inhibit the neurological development of a growing child. Studies have shown that these children will function at reduced capacity later in life and that symptoms may not appear until 5 or 6 years of age.

Traumatization of the suboccipital structures inhibits functioning of the proprioceptive feedback loops. The motor development, though preprogrammed, cannot develop normally. These systems are fault tolerant and able to overcome considerable difficulties and restricted working conditions. But the price for this is a reduced capacity to absorb additional stress later. These children may show only minor symptoms in the first months of their lives, but later on at the age of 5 or 6, they suffer from headaches, postural problems, or diffuse symptoms like sleep disorders, being unable to concentrate, etc.
— Journal of Manual Medicine, Springer - Velag 1992

Contact Inspire Chiropractic to learn more about Cranial Adjusting and to see if your child needs their cranium checked.

He’s crying less and in a better mood overall! (colicky baby)
— S.G.