I recently wrote about physical exercise and how it affects the brain, and discussed alternatives to surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. Today I want to discuss injuries in children as well as some real stories, to demonstrate the power of cranial treatment to treat the injuries of childhood.
Cranial Treatment to Treat the Injuries of Childhood
Young children often fall and bump their heads. Who would imagine that a seemingly minor accident could have repercussions later in life? Yet even minor bangs to the head in children can make them more susceptible to ear infections and have devastating consequences on their ability to concentrate, learn, control impulsive behavior and be happy.
This blog post contains a few true stories that demonstrate the surprising consequences of a seemingly minor bump on the head, as well as the ability of cranial treatment to treat the injuries of childhood.
Johnny* and the Banged Head
Johnny was about 2 years old when he stood up under the dining room table and banged his head. He cried a bit, his mother comforted him and he seemed fine.
Then the changes began, slowly and seemingly nothing out of the ordinary. He began to get ear infections that never seemed to go away. With an antibiotic, the infection would subside for a few weeks, maybe even a month or 2, only to return. This continued for 3 years.
He became moody and had a hard time settling down for the night. By the time he was 5 years old he was consistently agitated, unless he was involved in something that really interested him.
He had a hard time both falling asleep and staying asleep, and in the mornings he had a great deal of difficulty getting up. Occasionally he would get in trouble in school and it wasn’t uncommon for him to get into fights and have temper tantrums.
When I first saw Johnny, he was only 6 years old and he was obviously edgy and seemed to have a strained relationship with his mother, who in turn seemed exasperated.
After using cranial treatment to treat the injuries of childhood only 2 times, his ear infections resolved, he began sleeping through the night and his moods got better, his temper tantrums ceased and his mother was a lot happier.
Matt*: A Most Difficult Case
One of my most difficult cases was Michael. He was 12 years old at the time I first saw him and was always getting into fights. He was a very bright child that put out no effort in school and began smoking and drinking with some older boys outside of school.
His parents were divorced. His father was kicked out of the house because he was an abusive drunk. His mother was a food addict who smoked and yelled a lot. He had an uncle who was in jail and he had no relationship with any of his grandparents. The teachers felt he had a classic case of ADHD because he was always acting out in class.
His mother insisted that he could be helped with cranial osteopathy. For obvious reasons, I was skeptical at best but the mother insisted, so I agreed to try. Much to all of our surprise, it took only 3 treatments before he responded. His mother had gotten a call from his teacher asking what medication he was on, because he had shown such a dramatic improvement. He was paying attention in class, no longer getting into fights, and he seemed generally agreeable.
There is one more facet to this story. It turns out that at around the age of 3 he had fallen down the basement stairs and suffered a mild concussion. The doctors said he would be fine and not to worry. Nine years later after a few cranial treatments he was finally “fine.”
Cranial Treatment for my Own Daughter
This story happened to one of my daughters. This little girl was blessed with a sweet disposition and a gentle nature. Then one day it all changed. She became cranky, moody, yelling, crying and refused to cooperate. So we did what any normal parent would do, sent her to bed!
Even after a good night’s sleep she was still not in a better mood and remained cantankerous for a few more days. I began to wonder what brought about this sudden change in behavior. She was in no mood to talk so I just had her lie down while I treated her little head and neck. They were unusually tight. The next morning, there she was, back to her old sweet self. Curious, we asked her what had happened.
She was sleepy one morning a few days ago and decided to take a nap on the bus on the way to school. She did this by leaning her head on the window of the bus which banged her head around as it took her to school. By the time she got to school she had a minor head and neck ache. By the time she got home she was miserable, but being so young she couldn’t articulate what was bothering her. It wasn’t until a few days later after she was treated could she tell us what the problem was.
Cranial Treatment: What is It?
The 22 bones of the skull actually move or pulse slightly. A bump on the head can “lock up” or inhibit this movement. Cranial treatment “unlocks” the strain and restores the bones natural movements which affects overall sense of health and well being.
A good example is to imagine wearing a hat that is too tight:
- How well will you be able to concentrate?
- Will you be able to stay focused?
- How will your moods be after a while?
- Might you get a little bit edgy and distracted?
- Do you think you will be able to sleep well?
This is how a child might feel if his/her head is restricted.
What is Cranial Treatment Like?
The treatment is surprisingly gentle. The practitioner places his/her hands on the patient’s head and gently allows the cranial bones to resume their normal subtle movement. Although the touch may be imperceptible, the changes can be quite dramatic. One of the most surprising aspects of this kind of treatment is that it usually takes only a few visits (i.e. 2 or 3) to make a long term change in a child.
If you have or know of a child that has had a head injury or unexplained behavior changes, do that child a favor and get him/her evaluated by an Osteopath or other practitioner skilled in cranio-sacral manipulation. It can make a world of difference to a life that is just beginning.
Wishing you all the best in health and happiness,
* Names haves been changed to protect patient identity.