Pediatric™ Bowen Is a form of very gentle release that uses a light strumming or rolling movement on the musculature derived from the traditional Bowen Therapy Method developed by Tom Bowen, an Australian Osteopath. Traditional Bowen Therapy is suitable for anyone at any age. Both applications promote “less is best” and support the theory that “the body improves its own regulatory processes best”. Pediatric™ Bowen Therapy is a specifically focused muscle balancing application for the areas of body involved in structure‐function imbalances. Unlike Traditional Bowen for babies, Pediatric™ Bowen Therapy directly addresses the specific muscle/muscle group structures assessed to be hindering physical and or physiological function. It specifically promotes functional mobility of the musculature while it gently promotes balance and symmetry of the body. Breastfeeding difficulties and or feeding dysfunctions are prime examples of what it can successfully address. ‐www.kidskornerbowen.com
Neck/ Upper Cervical Pediatric Chiropractic: Is a safe, painless, unique form of Chiropractic spinal health care which uses a specifically accurate procedure focused on correcting a small misalignment of the upper neck known as the Atlas Subluxation Complex. This subtle correction ultimately restores optimal balance to the entire spinal column. Because the spinal column protects the central nervous system that controls and coordinates all body functions, good spinal balance is critical to good health. This form of treatment “has a 50-plus year clinical track record and the support of over 75 peer reviewed research papers - more than any other chiropractic technique. Unsurpassed gentleness and safety characterize this procedure”. In treating infants the goal is to counter the effects of the often harsh, even “traumatic” birth process by “removing any form of nerve pressure from the new baby as soon as possible…to help minimize or eliminate any complications or health issues.” Breastfeeding challenges, often caused by these hidden barriers (including misalignments), are one example of what this intervention addresses. - www.nuccaclinic.com / www.graychiropracticcenter.com
Cranial Sacral Therapy for Infants (also known as Craniosacral Therapy for Infants) focuses focused holds that are applied by the CST practitioner “creating a safe atmosphere or space for the client… using a very gentle touch.” The practitioner palpates for “cranial sacral fluctuations” determining the “inherent motion” of the CS system and uses these holds to bring balance to the body encouraging “the client's system to access its inner resources” to promote healing. In the case of infants, birth trauma (with it’s system wide manifestations) is an example of a situation that this form of therapy can address. Part of the healing process is a state of “rest” that it often produces. - www.craniosacraltherapy.org
“Infant Massage provides benefits in 4 distinct ways. It stimulates all the systems of the body including the: Nervous system, Circulatory system, Respiratory System , Elimination System & Immune System. It Stimulates the release of oxytocin, known as the cuddle hormone (is released in both parent and child), prolactin (promoting milk production in the mother) and other endorphins. It reduces muscle stiffness and normalizes muscle tone”. - www.infantmassageusa.org
"A pediatric doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) is a pediatrician who has studied medicine at an osteopathic medical school and has gone on to complete a pediatric residency. A DO is a physician licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication. Like an allopathic physician (MD), an osteopathic physician completes 4 years of medical school and can choose to practice in any specialty of medicine. However, osteopathic physicians receive an additional 300 to 500 hours in the study of using the hands to mobilize and stabilize the spine
and the body’s musculoskeletal system. Many pediatric DOs are Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics." - HealthyChildren.org
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The following forms of holistic care are defined and addressed as to their specific role in the resolve of infant/childhood struggles