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Janice sees children from 1 ½ days old. She is able to assist with such issues as failure to thrive due to sucking issues with nursing, colic, and poor sleepers. For older children, she works on such issue as ADD/ADHD, scoliosis, and acute injuries.

 

 

 

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The Trauma of Being Born
Part 1

Janice Webber, PT, CAFCI (Acup.), ST-Tai Chi Instructor

There are a number of things that can occur during childbirth. One of them is some trauma to the head and neck of the child.

Occasionally there can be issues where the neck has been placed in a hyperextension position (the back of the head comes close to the top of the shoulders where they meet the spine) which will result in a restriction at the top of the neck at the C1-C2 level of the spine.

The vagus nerve exits the spine at the top of the neck. This nerve supplies most of the internal organs of the body. Irritation here or a compression through the head and neck, which can occur if the baby is stuck in the birth canal against the mother’s pelvis, can result in vagus nerve irritation and the child can develop colic.

I have been treating children for issues of colic, failure to thrive due to a poor sucking mechanism, strabismus, and unsettled children for 15 years.

I had one client whose grandson would start crying and would not stop for 4 hours which was when he was so exhausted he would fall asleep. Nothing was helping the baby and his parents were very concerned. In his assessment, I found that he had a compression from his head down to his mid upper back. The upper back is where there are a lot of nerves for the sympathetic system, the fight or flight response, and when triggered they would over fire. He had 2 treatment sessions and had 2 very happy parents. His system was no longer compressed and he had a good craniosacral rhythm.

I have been using craniosacral therapy and pediatric physiotherapy techniques to check the newborn from 1 1⁄2 days old. I would be happy to talk with you or do an assessment for your baby. I work at A Body in Balance Therapy Centre, Dartmouth. 902-469-3214 or www.abodyinbalance.ca


The Trauma of Being Born
Part 2

 

Janice Webber, PT, CAFCI (Acup.), ST-Tai Chi Instructor

Any woman who has given birth will be able to tell you that it is an ordeal. It is one that has a very happy ending, usually. The mother to be has a number of things that she needs to do in preparation for the ordeal. They can include making sure her pelvis and physical structure is a free from restrictions as possible before she becomes pregnant and checking during the pre-natal stage that she has maintained a level of physical fitness as well as having her physical structure checked in each trimester.

If a labour is too short, under 8 hours then the cranium is considered “under molded” in terms of the craniosacral system. If the labour is too long, over 14 hours then the cranium is considered “over molded”. There can be restrictions in the cranium in either an under or over molded skull. This can also be added to if the child has had to be delivered using forceps or suction on the skull.

If the baby has had to have nasal suction after the birth, there may be issues with the suck mechanism. This is due to an improper positioning of one of the bones of the upper jaw and may also be due to an “under or over molded skull”.

Issues of C1-C2 irritation, as well as tension and restriction is the temporal bones of the head, have also been linked to the development of strabismus (lazy eye) in children.

The restrictions in the head and neck can be treated by physiotherapists if they have done training in craniosacral therapy.

I have been using craniosacral therapy to help prepare the mother in the pre-natal stages and check the newborn from 1 1⁄2 days old. I would be happy to talk with you or do an assessment for you and your baby. I work at A Body in Balance Therapy Centre, 902-469-3214.


The Trauma of Being Born

Part 3

Janice Webber, PT, CAFCI (Acup.), CST, ST-Tai Chi Instructor

This is the third section to this 3 part article on the Trauma of Being Born. I will be focusing on the mother for this section.

Any woman who has given birth will be able to tell you that it is an ordeal. It is one that usually has a very happy ending. The mother to be has a number of things that she needs to do in preparation for the ordeal which includes labour and delivery. They can include making sure her pelvis and physical structure is as free from restrictions as possible before she becomes pregnant and checking during the pre-natal stage that she has maintained a level of physical fitness as well as having her physical structure checked in each trimester. She can also do post natal treatment which will check for any restrictions that are left from the pregnancy or any that were not addressed during the pregnancy.

Fascia is that semitransparent bluish white membrane you see under the skin, if you have skinned a breast of chicken. It surrounds all the structures of the body and is separated by fluid. There are many layers from the top to bottom, front to back, and side to side. When there is inflammation from surgery, infection, or trauma, the fascial layers adhere to each other. This causes restrictions.

If a mother to be has a restricted pelvis, the chances of a C-section birth increases. The restrictions can be adhesions which have occurred in the fascia the surrounds the uterus, bladder, and bowel.

I often see women when they are thinking of getting pregnant. I check the pelvis to see if there is good mobility of all the joints and the connective tissue. If there are restrictions in the movement of the pelvic bones(often called the hip bones), the tailbone, or the symphysis pubis, then these areas can have full movement restored before pregnancy occurs. The mother to be can then be set up with a home exercise program specific for the areas of weakness that she has.

The connective tissue work is very gentle and is safe to do after the first trimester. This is the normal pattern of treatment for any pregnant woman.

After a client is pregnant, I can monitor and restore motion but am limited due to the pregnancy itself. The mother can then be seen after the pregnancy to address any restrictions that had been found during the pregnancy. This helps restore normal motion and the mother has a fully mobile pelvis for the next pregnancy. Both pre and post natal execises are given to help with labour and delivery aka the ordeal and the recovery from the ordeal.

I, Janice Webber, PT, CST, have been using craniosacral therapy for over 20 years to help prepare the mother in the pre-natal stages and check the newborn from 1 ½ days old. I would be happy to talk with you or do an assessment for you and/or your baby. I work at A Body in Balance Therapy Centre. For information or to book an appointment, please give me a call at 902-469-3214.

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