What is Pediatric Cranial Gentle Touch?
Birth is one of the major experiences of our lives. It is one of the major passages we experience as humans—and—like death, one of the few that we can be certain we all share. Yet, for many, difficult births cause medical problems that we carry forward for the rest of our lives. As we learn more about alternative healing, we have discovered that there are gentle, non-invasive methods to address birth-induced health problems and this can be done on little children so that they can avoid a lifetime of health problems. This is a story about one Pediatric Cranial intervention and its almost miraculous ability to help a child who experienced a difficult birth.
I am Elaine Stocker, a naprapath practicing in Chicago since 1979 at my clinic called Healing Hands. I have been studying cranial work since the mid-seventies and in particular, Pediatric Cranial work for the last ten years. I want to share one case, the story of Rebecca. This little girl was born by pre-planned Caesarian session. She was “transverse and breech” and had a highly difficult birth. By the time she was two, she was exhibiting major problems—physical and behavioral. These were her problems: her head was oddly-shaped, with corners, she was severely constipated and often had temper tantrums. She was seen by medical specialists, who diagnosed her as having a lack of growth in her frontal cortex and a short attention span. Her behavior was characterized as manic and destructive, including temper tantrums, repeated biting of the back of her hand, eating paint chips and other inappropriate objects. She would not sleep through the night and was described by her parents as altogether a “difficult and destructive child”. Another medical diagnosis claimed that she suffered an inability to process information.
I treated her six times between the ages of two and one half and three years old. The first three sessions I treated her in the car while driving. The work that I did is called Pediatric Cranial Manipulation. I worked on her head, the roof of her mouth, her thoracic cavity and her nasal bones as well as her digestive system. It was very challenging to start with as the little girl was hyperactive and destructive when awake or alternatively deeply asleep and difficult to rouse. By working in a deep manner with the slowest rhythms of her body and doing gentle, hands-on manipulation of her cranial bones, membranes and fluids, she experienced major shifts in her well being. Today, she enjoys normal digestion and elimination; she entertains herself; she no longer bites her hand; she sleeps well and has an extended attention span. She experiences no more temper tantrums than a normal three year old. When tested by the Child First Agency after cranial treatment—she was found to be normal—no longer hyperactive or ADD. Her mother describes the transformation by saying “I have a walking miracle in my house. Rebecca is a pleasure now!”
This is a dramatic example of the potential healing effects of Pediatric Cranial work for children who have experienced difficult births. Other uses of this intervention include: helping children who have difficulty nursing, children whose systems have been shocked from cutting the cord too soon or other traumas of birth, children with delayed development—especially speech and language, children born with torticallis, children who are born with severe digestive problems—such as acid reflux or projectile vomiting (good alternative to Prilosec) and children with chronic ear trouble.
This article was written by Elaine Stocker, a senior member of the complementary medicine community. She is no longer with us and is very much missed by all who knew her healing work.
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