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Sep 13, 2010
dcd
Lorenzomama, Maxsmommy - Cranio Question
Ok ladies...

Kylie got her first cranio treatment done last Tuesday. Her sleep that night wasn't much better, but she did AWESOME Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. Wednesday she woke up at 2:30, 4, 5:30, and for good at 6. (Believe it or not, this is pretty good for us - she ate a few ounces at 2:30 and the other times she just fussed a little and got her paci.) Thursday she woke at 2:30, 5:30, and 6. Friday she woke only at 3:30 and then for good at 7! We heard her talking in her crib around 6 but she just put herself back to sleep and didn't wake up again till 7.

But then Saturday and last night, her sleep went back to being really bad again.

What is your experience? My practitioner told me that the cranial plates of K's skull are misaligned and are putting pressure on a nerve at the base of her neck. According to the literature she gave me, this nerve affects allergies, sinuses, the diaphram, etc.

At the appointment, I hadn't even had a chance to tell her about K's sleep issues when she said, "Is she waking up all night? Like every hour? Yep, that's allergies." She recommended 4 adjustments and says that once the cranial bones are aligned correctly they should be fixed for good. It's not an ongoing thing where you have to come in every week or month for adjustments. She said we'll be looking for her sleep to drastically improve, because the rest of her body can't heal until she starts sleeping.

I have done some checking into the cranio therapy and it seems a lot of different practitioners use it - chiropractors, physical therapists, naturopaths, osteopaths... My mom asked the physical therapist she sees at the hospital about it and she highly recommended it. She said, like many things, there is not a lot of official research on it one way or another, but she has seen it do remarkable things in her patients.

We had such high hopes after the three good nights, but now feel like maybe this is just another thing that isn't going to work.

Did your boys have good and bad nights after the cranio, or did they start sleeping better right away, permanently? I don't know what we should be expecting? She still has two appointments to go, but it's discouraging that she did so well and then reverted right back.

She's getting tested for allergies today and we have a cranio appointment after. It'll be a lot for one day. But if things don't get better or we don't learn something new this week, I guess we will keep her appointment for an Upper GI next week. She is not responding to the 30 mg Prevacid and she's been on the high dose consistently for a week now. I am just dreading the UGI b/c they will probably have to administer the barium via a tube down her throat.

Sep 13, 2010
dcd
ps. She had her first treatment done last Tuesday and her second done last Thursday. Third is today and her last one is Wednesday.
Sep 13, 2010
kavyamom
I am curious what exactly is done at a cranio treatment? Is it like a gentle massage? How do you find a reliable practitioner? Kavya was born with a scheduled c-section and so is this treatment still applicable? I think you had mentioned in your earlier posts that sometimes during a difficult vaginal birth, some things can get misaligned. Also, Kavya screams, twists, and squirms even when a doc checks her ears or just even her heart (yes, the same doc that we have been seeing for 21 months now) so not really sure how a stranger will be able to do a massage on her and whether it would even be effective with her screaming and moving around so much?
Sep 16, 2010
dcd
I'm still hoping the others will chime in on this post, but to answer your questions from my experience - the cranio is very quick. Kylie's adjustments last like 2 minutes, if that. It's not an extended massage session. It's like a quick little adjustment of her skull plates. Picture a chiropractic adjustment on her head. A very gentle pressure on the front, back, and sides of her head and little adjustment at the base of her neck.

As far as how you find a reliable practitioner, I don't know. I'm not real impressed with the chiropractor we've been seeing. We went to four appointments and she said her alignments are still a bit off and we need to come back for another couple weeks. But we're not going to go back to her...I think I'm going to get a second opinion from a physical therapist at the hospital that does the cranio therapy in kids/babies. My mom sees her and she's great so I trust her opinion. I would've taken K to her from the start but didn't know she did the cranio treatments.

Definitely the cranio can be useful no matter what kind of delivery you had with Kavya. It's not exclusive to difficult natural births, or even any birth trauma, that's just why they hypothesize her alignments are so off. And I think she'd be ok with the treatments...Kylie seems to like them. I get the impression they feel good.

Sep 16, 2010
kavyamom
Dcd, thanks! It seems like a quick adjustment. Keep us posted if the cranio + NAET treatments help her in overcoming the allergies. Also, what is done in a NAET treatment??
Sep 16, 2010
lorenzomama
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
We use Biodynamic Cranio Sacral, which is not quick, and is not intended to be a one time fix all, and is used for a variety of issues, not just adjustment of skull plates but adjustment of the flow of energy throughout the body. We had some immediate results, and some long term improvements, though never a "cure" per se. We still use it with Lorenzo regularly, and it has helped mostly with his overall ability to relax his body, which has been an issue for him since the start. You can try searching www.hpakids.org for a practitioner in your area if you are interested.
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