Craniosacral Therapy

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Theory Behind Craniosacral Therapy

Cranial osteopathy is based on the theory that increased flow of cerebrospinal fluid helps normalize systems in the body and can be used to help treat a number of ailments. The health of the central nervous system (CNS) is paramount for overall health, while proper functioning of the CNS is influenced by the soft tissues and fluid protecting the brain and spinal chord. During biodynamic craniosacral therapy, the practitioner is said to ‘listen through his hands’ for subtle rhythms and patterns of blockage or inertia. By ‘reading the body’s story,’ the therapist identifies where disease lies or where issues are held and helps release trapped forces and heal fragmentation of the body and mind.

Cranial Sacral Manipulation

During cranial sacral manipulation, the practitioner uses gentle touch to evaluate the internal environment and applies light pressure to select points on the body connected with the craniosacral system (the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord). By freeing the CNS and releasing restrictions or blockages found, craniotherapy eliminates pain and stress, strengthens resistance to disease, and enhances general health and well-being.

Gentle in nature, craniosacral treatments are appropriate for all ages, from newborns to the elderly. Craniopathy is typically performed by chiropractors, osteopaths, and massage therapists.

Conditions Treated by Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy has been found effective in treating:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Migraine headaches
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Problems with the membranes and cartilage surrounding the skull
  • TMJ
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Poor coordination
  • Trauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Post-surgical recovery

Cranial Balancing Benefits

  • Advancing optimum health, benefits of cranial manipulations include:
  • Enhanced mind-body connection
  • Balanced state of being
  • Increased fluidity and range of motion
  • Release of blockages and negative patterns
  • Advanced optimum health

For more information, visit the Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (CSTA/NA) website.