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 CNS.
A therapist gently works with 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 rhythm to help them identify areas of dysfunction, such as cranial, sutural, membrane and other soft tissue restrictions in the body.
THE CRANIOSACRAL RHYTHM
The CSR is a very subtle rhythmical movement which is transmitted via the muscular, nervous, and fascial systems and can be felt anywhere on the body. The practitioner feels for the strength, amplitude, and quality of the rhythm in different places on the body to track down areas where the rhythm is impaired— this helps the practitioner find areas where healthy tissue function is restricted.
Connective tissue (fascia) is continuous in the human body from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet. It is layered with pockets between the layers containing structures within the body, such as organs, muscles, bones etc. Normally fascia is free to glide a millimeter or so and maintains a fairly elastic property. Adhesions and restrictions can be pinpointed by testing the free gliding ability of the bodies fascia, feeling for areas that do not move as easily as others.
- 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 (assising troubles with back, hips, shouders, knees)
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY IS BENEFICIAL FOR:
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
- Motor Coordination Impairments
- TMJ Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Orthopedic Problems
- recurrent ear infections
- facial asymmetries and eye motor problems
- learning disabilities, A.D.D., A.D.H.D
- gross and fine motor problems
- developmental delays, autism
- tinnitus, hearing loss and vertigo
- muscle and joint pain or injury
- many neurological conditions and pain syndromes
- And Many Other Conditions