By Arif Soomro, DC, CCPP, FICPA, MRCC (Paeds)
When babies cry, it’s usually for a good reason. If they are continually fractious and generally appear unhappy, it’s always worth investigating the root cause to prevent a problem from developing. There could be a simple explanation, or their discomfort could be due to distortions caused by the pressure exerted on the skull during childbirth. A common distortion is ‘inferior vertical strain’ and manifests itself as a narrowing of the forehead, a high palate and flattened rear skull. Because of the high palate, the tongue cannot easily rest in the roof of the mouth and babies can become nasal breathers with poor dental alignment and grow up with a bad posture. I use craniopathy to ‘reset any faults’ I detect using minimum intervention, so that the body’s natural ability to regulate and heal itself, returns.
So, what exactly is craniopathy? It’s a highly specialised treatment which delicately focuses on balancing the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the cranium. I direct gentle pressure at various points on the skull and in the mouth, in cycle with baby’s breathing and natural motion, to encourage balancing the delicate ligamentous sheaths with in the skull.
Restoring and normalising both the brain and nervous system makes for calmer and happier babies. It’s applicable for all ages – including grown-ups!
If your baby has any of these symptoms, please come and see us:
- Continuous crying
- Difficulty in settling
- Short sleep patterns
- Problems feeding
1A Trinity Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7PU
About Arif Soomro
Arif co-founded Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in 1994 with his wife Melanie Cutting. Apart from being a doctor of chiropractic, he is a specialist paediatric chiropractor, a Fellow of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association, a founding member of the Royal College of Chiropractors’ Pregnancy & Paediatrics Faculty, a professional member of BackCare, the national charity for back pain and is the only Certified Chiropractic Paediatric Practitioner in Southend-on-Sea.
Arif and Melanie were joint Chiropractors of the Year 2015-2016.