Craniosacral Therapy is becoming a treatment of choice in areas of pain, rehabilitation and neurology. Also called CST, or cranial osteopathy, it is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on technique, developed by an American osteopathic physician almost one hundred years ago.
CST theory and practice is based on understanding the continuous subtle movements of the cranial bones, which result in a rhythm of approximately six to twelve cycles per minute. This rhythm is understood as a response to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) fluctuations within the spinal cord and brain environment. The subtle movement extends outward to the entire body, in response to the fluid pressure changes around the Central Nervous System.
A therapist gently works with the whole body including the spine and the skull, and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. By using the hands as fine discriminating tools, Craniosacral therapists are able to detect disturbances in the cranial sacral rhythm to help them identify areas of dysfunction, such as cranial, sutural, membrane and other soft tissue restrictions in the body.
Patients remain clothed during a treatment and treatments generally are one hour long.
Craniosacral Therapy treatments work in the following ways:
- Helps restore normal cranial mobility
- Releases abnormal myofascial restrictions and tensions in the body
- Releases abnormal restrictions in the head
- Eases restrictions of nerves
- Optimizes cerebrospinal fluid movement through the central nervous system
- Helps restore misaligned bones to their proper positions (assisting troubles associated with the head, back, neck, hips, shoulders, arms, hands, knees and feet)
Craniosacral Therapy is beneficial for all ages
- Migraines and headaches
- Tinnitus, hearing loss and vertigo
- Muscle and joint pain or injury; and
- Many neurological conditions and pain syndromes
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Concussions and post concussion symptoms
- Central nervous system disorders
- Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Learning disabilities
- Chronic fatigue
- Anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder
- Stress and tension-related problems
- Fibromyalgia and other connective-tissue disorders
- Temporomandibular joint disfunction
- Post surgical dysfunction
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Craniosacral Therapy is similar to Massage Therapy in that the therapists hands are used to treat the clients body. To read more about Massage Therapy, click here to go the the description page.