Whole Body LLC

Problems and Diagnoses

My therapy addresses a wide variety of issues and complications. Here you can find some information about some of the most common problems and diagnoses I treat. If you suspect your baby has any of these, contact your pediatrician and set up an appointment with me!

 

TOT's (tethered oral tissue) - lip ties, tongue ties, buccal ties.  

A tie is when a piece of tissue holds down the lip, tongue, or cheek, which can negatively impact breastfeeding, and later can cause many oral issues. Signs of tongue tie include extremely sore, flattened nipples after nursing; shallow latch; baby still hungry after nursing for twenty minutes; end of the tongue is heart shaped; tongue lies flat when baby is crying (it should elevate). Signs of lip tie include difficulty getting the lips to flange; decreased jaw opening; swallowing air; fussiness after eating; lots of gas. Signs of buccal ties include jaw opening difficulty; difficulty getting the lips to flange; face muscles compensating. 

Craniosacral therapy can be highly beneficial to help the muscles of the neck and tongue relax and move to help with latch and feeding. In addition to this, therapy can be highly beneficial after a baby has tethers revised by a professional (typicall a dentist or ENT doctor). I can refer you to many qualified professionals to help if you believe your baby has issues with ties.  

 

Plagiocephaly (oblique head, flat head) and Torticollis (neck tightness)

Babies have soft skulls, and it can be easy for them to develop flat spots over time. Many factors can contribute to flat head and neck tightness, including: too much time on baby's back/not enough tummy time; the Back to Sleep program*; strong side preference for baby's head; prolonged periods in carseats and other baby gear (swings, rock n plays, etc.); multiple gestation; traumatic delivery (i.e. use of forceps, vacuum delivery, etc.); prematurity; c-section delivery; position in uterus. Plagiocephaly and torticollis correlate with several other issues: increased ear infections (possibly due to not draining properly), difficulty nursing, difficulty turning head side to side, and uneven jaw position (which, in turn, causes issues with eating, chewing, tooth eruption, and speech). In addition, researchers have found plagiocephaly to be a sign of increased risk of developmental delay. 

If you are concerned that your baby could potentially have a flat spot or tightness in the neck, contact your pediatrician and call me to start therapy. It is so much better to address it immediately as opposed to wait and see if it gets better on its own. Craniosacral therapy is a great treatment for these conditions all on its own, and it is also works well in conjuction with helmet therapy, DOC band, or any other head orthotic. 

*I strongly support the Back to Sleep program, as it saves babies' lives. I recommend alternating the side of the head baby is sleeping on every 3-4 hours at night, if baby isn't doing it on her/his own. I also recommend balancing this out with lots of tummy time during wake time.  

 

Colic and Reflux  
 
Many books and pediatricians define colic as: at least three hours of crying, three days a week, for three weeks or more. There has yet to been found a single cause of colic, but regardless, colic is a symptom of a problem - something is causing the baby extreme discomfort. If your baby is colicky, therapy, massage, and reflexology can all help. The work I do has so many benefits to help babies to relax and rest within their bodies. Some other things to try to help with colic are: tummy time, being held skin to skin, rhythmic patting on the bottom or back, being held while walking around, babywearing (often in conjuction with one of these other calming methods), warm water bath (especially when skin to skin with parent or caregiver). 
 
Reflux is medically defined as the backward flow of stomach contents/acid into the espophagus. Doctors typically treat reflux with medicine, which doesn't treat the cause of reflux, but it makes the baby more comfortable. From my experience, reflux is a problem with coordination, timing, and tone of the upper digestive tract, typically the esophagus, lower esophageal sphincter, stomach, pylorus, and upper part of the small intestine. Gastrointestinal problems can be caused by compression, malfunction, or immaturity of the vagus nerve. This long and extensive nerve exits the base of the skull via two small holes called jugular foramen. When there is any tightness or constriction in this area, your baby can experience a wide range of gastrointestinal problems. Gentle craniosacral therapy can improve this condition by releasing tension or stress in this area.   
 
The vagus nerve is responsible for the proper functioning of the stomach, abdominal diaphragm, liver, pancreas, small intenstine, spleen, heart, lungs, and part of the large intenstine. It is highly likely that this is the nerve being impacted if your baby has colic.