Cerebral Palsy Specialist

Bay Area Osteopathic

Osteopaths located in American Canyon, CA

Babies and children born with cerebral palsy endure a wide range of difficulties. For over two decades, Bay Area Osteopathic Inc., located in American Canyon, where the Napa Valley meets the San Francisco Bay Area, has been helping young patients with cerebral palsy through drug-free cranial osteopathy.

Cerebral Palsy Q & A

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is actually a group of disorders, characterized by low tone or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, uncoordinated or involuntary movements, crooked posture, and difficulty or the inability to walk. About 10,000 babies born in this country every year develop cerebral palsy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Severity and the number of specific disabilities vary greatly. Many individuals with cerebral palsy also suffer from oral motor dysfunction, including difficulties in swallowing and speech. Most people with cerebral palsy also experience physical pain as a result of their impairments. Cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury or brain malformation that occurs before, during, or just following birth, when an infant’s brain is still developing.

How does Bay Area Osteopathic help babies and children with cerebral palsy?

While cerebral palsy is a permanent condition, Bay Area Osteopathic’s doctors have helped improve symptoms and pain associated with this condition for a number of young patients, by performing Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. Cranial osteopathy is a gentle manual manipulation of the head and spine that seeks to free the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the nervous system, as well as freeing the movement of bones in the skull. Individuals with cerebral palsy also frequently suffer from digestive issues, such as reflux and constipation that manual manipulation can be effective in alleviating. The goal through osteopathy is to limit and reduce the unpleasant symptoms.

Is cranial osteopathy safe for babies and children?

Yes, it is. Bay Area Osteopathic has safely treated children, babies, and even newborns with great success. Cranial osteopathy involves an extremely gentle manipulation of the head and spine. Treatment can actually be most effective in newborns and young babies because their skull bones have yet to fuse. Please keep in mind that immediate reaction to treatment varies considerably. But many babies and toddlers experience extreme relaxation immediately following treatment and enjoy great sleep.

Accepted Insurance Providers

We accept plans from the following insurance providers. Prior to your appointment, please confirm with your insurance company that we are preferred providers and that your plan covers Osteopathic Manipulation - CPT code 98929.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Kaiser Permanente PPO
United Healthcare