What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch manual therapy that addresses restrictions in the craniosacral system, which system includes the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This vital system extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum or tailbone area.
Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems could include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities and other health challenges.
Research strongly suggests that the birth process is responsible for many brain dysfunctions and central nervous system problems. CranioSacral Therapy within the first few days of life could potentially reduce a wide variety of difficulties, many of which might not become apparent until your child is in school. Even problems with head shape and skull-bone override can be corrected with the skillful use of CranioSacral Therapy.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. You also benefit from better overall health and resistance to disease.
How is CranioSacral Therapy Performed?
CranioSacral Therapy is performed using light touch generally no more than the weight of a nickel. The practitioner monitors the rhythm of the craniosacral system to detect potential restrictions and imbalances. The therapist then uses delicate manual techniques to release those problem areas and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord.
A CranioSacral Therapy session can last from about 15 minutes to more than an hour, and the initial evaluation alone is often enough to correct a problem. The result? A central nervous system free of restrictions and a body that is able to return to its greatest levels of performance.
What Conditions does CranioSacral Therapy Address?
CranioSacral Therapy strengthens your body’s ability to take better care of itself. It can assist in alleviating a wide range of illnesses, pain and dysfunction, including:
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems
- Infantile Disorders
- Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Emotional Difficulties
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Learning Disabilities
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Orthopedic Problems
- Many Other Conditions