Craniosacral Therapy is often successful when other treatments are not.
As you go through life, your body accumulates traumas – big and small – from injuries, illnesses, repetitive movements, and other everyday events. To cope, it compensates – perhaps by moving in new ways to avoid pain. As it does, the fascia (the network of connective tissue that runs throughout your entire body) changes as well – often developing restrictions as it adjusts.
The restrictions in the fascia put tension on your other internal structures, creating a “ripple effect” that may be felt as chronic pain far from the site of your original injury. Thickened tissue from an old ankle sprain, for example, can be the source of headaches.
Craniosacral restrictions can cause everything from vertigo to sciatica.
If restrictions develop in the tissues and fluids that surround and protect your brain and spinal cord, (the craniosacral system), it can affect how your central nervous system functions – and that can affect your entire body. The result can be symptoms as diverse as chronic migraines, low back pain, vertigo or recurring ear infections.
Finding and treating the source of symptoms such as these can be difficult, but that’s where Craniosacral Therapy (CST) can help.
CST is an effective tool for finding the source of your problem.
CST is a light-touch therapy that is gentle enough for babies and seniors, which was developed by John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician and professor of biomechanics. It locates the source of your problem, releases the restrictions and relieves your symptoms, so that your body can self-correct and heal.
CST is an effective tool for finding the source of your pain when it isn’t at the site where you feel it. It has proven to be useful even for people whose symptoms have not responded to other treatment methods.
CST can help treat a range of conditions, including:
Migraines and headaches
Chronic neck and back pain
Motor-coordination impairments, such as the effects of stroke
Closed-head, brain and spinal cord injuries
Tinnitus, hearing loss and vertigo
Stress disorders and insomnia
How does it work?
Your craniosacral system runs from your cranium (your skull, face and mouth) down to your sacrum, or tailbone area, and it is made up of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect your brain and spinal cord. If you develop restrictions in the membranes of this system, it can change the flow of the fluid and directly affect all aspects of your central nervous system.
During treatment, a trained CST practitioner gently palpates various parts of your body with their hands to evaluate the flow of your cerebrospinal fluid as it circulates throughout your brain and spinal cord. (It has a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body, just like the pulse of the cardiovascular system.)
By carefully “listening” with their hands, they locate areas where the flow is weak or tissue is restricted. Then, they trace the restrictions through your body to the original source of dysfunction. Using gentle hand pressure – generally no more than the weight of a nickel – they release the restrictions in your tissue, relieve your symptoms and allow your body to heal.