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Cranial Osteopathy and Visit from the Physical Therapist

Posted by mymaysa on January 23, 2009

We had two appointments back to back today; one with Frances Demmerle, the DO and one with Kara Kiernan, Maysa’s initial PT.

The osteopathy session wasn’t too much fun for Maysa. She was cranky the moment I put her in the car and all the way to the DO’s office. While there, she kept fighting her and got mad. You could see her annoyance turning into a tantrum. It is hard to say how much cranial osteopathy does actually contribute to the progress she’s been making and as much as I want to put that time and money elsewhere, I don’t want to deny Maysa the chance of making even better and faster progress by discontinuing treatment with cranial Osteopathy. I just hope she appreciates it when she grows up…

The visit from the PT was a lot more fun. She came to Maysa’s daycare and first observed her. Maysa is very social and didn’t mind her presence at all. She gathered some information and from what she saw and heard was very pleased with the progress she’s made in such a short time. Just so you know, Maysa didn’t start rolling over until close to 9 months of age. She didn’t start crawling until 11.5 months but ever since has been pulling herself to a stand. She also will stand on her own for a few seconds and cruise around the couch or the ottoman at home. She is also trying to climb up the stairs, scary!

Today, she was babbling, humming, going up and down the slide, crawling, walking with help, pulling herself to a stand. It really seems like all of a sudden she doesn’t need physical therapy. When she was first evaluated, just two or three weeks ago, they put her at 9 months old for her gross motor skills. Today, the PT told me that she was right at the 11 months mark, which is great!  She thinks that she can still benefit from physical therapy and she is now putting us on the waiting list for a specific PT for Maysa.  I have a feeling that she will be walking before that PT sees us next.

That’s the news for the day.

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Cranky during Cranial Sacral Therapy

Posted by mymaysa on December 29, 2008

I took Maysa to her 4th cranial sacral therapy treatment this morning. She was cranky. Well, she’s been cranky for the past few days. I think that she is teething again. She hasn’t been eating or sleeping properly lately and those two areas are usually not a problem.

Anyway, Frances spent a good 40 minutes doing what she does best using her hands and a great deal of concentration. Maysa was annoyed and cried for the most part. She didn’t want to lay down on her back. Oh! By the way, she has been crawling forward since this past Wednesday. I am so happy about it. She is 11 and a half months and at that age, most babies start walking. Mine, is shyly starting to crawl forward… What a milestone!

I printed out for her the progress pictures I got from CT and was very pleased with the results as well. We are scheduled for another visit on 01/21.

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Maysa’s First Cranial Sacral Therapy Treatment

Posted by mymaysa on November 14, 2008

Yesterday I took Maysa to her first Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) treatment with Frances Demmerle.  Unfortunately I had to take my oldest daughter with us.  She will be three in December and yesterday, she didn’t get to take a nap.  Needless to say that she was a bit restless but “good” overall.

Anyway, Frances saw us right on time.  We went into this room painted in some very warm colors.  The lights were dimmed.  There were two chairs, a long table bed, a basket full of toys and one hamper where she put all of her pillows and blankets.  It was rainy outside and that room felt like the perfect place to take a nap.  Wishful thinking…

She started by asking me a couple of questions about Maysa and the rest of us and asked me why I was bringing her in.  I explained to her that her combination of plagiocephaly and brachycephaly as well as the time wasted in the wrong helmet were the reasons why I came to see her.  She took notes rather quickly and then took one of her pillows and put in on my lap.  She sat opposite of me in such a way that the pillow was also resting on her lap.  We laid Maysa down on it with her head towards me and her feet towards Frances.

While trying to keep an eye on my oldest daughter, Soraya, and listening to her I didn’t realized that she had already started to use her hands on Maysa.  She started around her waist.  It looked like she was pressing hard but Maysa didn’t seem to mind at all.  My job was to try to keep her distracted.  Frances was very focused and I stopped talking to her after a while because it seemed like she was counting mentally.

She worked her way all the way up her back, her rib cage and then her head.  She then placed her on the long table bed.  I had to make sure that she remained on her back while she had her hands on her head.  She really was putting pressure but Maysa handled it very well.  What she didn’t like is when she started manipulating her face.  She really got annoyed but never cried.

She spent most of the time on her head, twisting and turning and repositioning her hands and holding her in different positions.  Maysa did very well, but I could tell that towards the end, she was ready to take a nap.  After she was done, she said that she could definitely feel some restriction in her skull plates and that everything was squished together, especially her left side, and that today she helped ease that out.  She also said that she loosened things in her back and that she shouldn’t feel so stiff anymore.  She ended by saying that after today, with the help of the band, her skull should move more freely into a more normal position.  We are scheduled for two more sessions, ten days apart each.

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