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Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University.  The craniosacral system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Craniosacral Therapy is a form of light touch manual bodywork, using generally no greater than 5 grams of touch that treats restrictions in the body restoring health and preventing disease.

A craniosacral therapist feels for the craniosacral rhythm which is a rhythm in the body separate and distinct from the heart rhythm or breathing rhythm. Stress in the body, tissue damage from accidents, or physical or emotional trauma can alter how this rhythm feels. The rhythm can be felt in different areas of the body.  Wherever the rhythm is different or there is a lack of rhythm, soft tissue release techniques are used to restore movement and balance to the rhythm.   As a result, the body tissue moves more freely and often times the source of problems, rather than just the symptoms are resolved.

Craniosacral Therapy is also very gentle and effective for infants and children and the client is fully clothed during treatment.  By complementing the body’s natural healing processes Craniosacral Therapy is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease.

Frequently Asked Questions – CranioSacral Therapy

How does CranioSacral Therapy Work?

Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.

With a light touch, the CranioSacral Therapist uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.

CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.

Is there any condition for which CST shouldn’t be used?

There are certain situations where application of CST would not be recommended. These include conditions where a variation and/or slight increase in intracranial pressure, acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other preexisting severe bleeding disorders are examples of conditions that could be affected by small intracranial pressure changes.

How many CranioSacral Therapy sessions will I need?

Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. Your response is uniquely your own and can’t be compared to anyone else’s — even those cases that may appear to be similar to your own. The number of sessions needed varies widely.