What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy, also known as CST or Cranial Osteopathy, consists of light manual manipulation of the bones of the head where there is a dysfunction/imbalance or injury. This technique brings the cranial bones, sutures, membranes or other soft tissue restrictions in the body to their normal mobility and function to relieve pain.
The craniosacral system is composed of the bones of the skull, spine and tailbone, as well as the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord. Craniosacral therapy is based on the theory that there are subtle movements of the bones of the skull which are a direct reflection of the fluctuations of the cerebrospinal fluid. This movement extends throughout the entire body through the fluid pressure changes surrounding the central nervous system and all of its attachments to the skeleton.
How Craniosacral Therapy Can Help You?
There are many positive treatment effects of this technique all aimed at improving mobility and reducing pain in the body. They include:
- Improving mobility of the bones and joints of the head, spine and tailbone
- Eases restrictions around nerves allowing them to move optimally
- Ensures proper myofascial mobility in the body (decreasing tension)
- Calms and balances the central nervous system
- Restores membrane mobility surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Who Can Benefit From Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is effective for people of ALL AGES with the following conditions:
- Concussion or post-concussion syndrome
- Ear/Nose/Throat problems such as excessive tearing
- Sinus problems
- Recurrent ear infections
- Tempromandibular Joint Problems (TMJ)
- Postural dysfunction and spinal pain
Infants and children can benefit from CST who suffer from:
- Birth traumas or foreceps delivery
- Torticolis (wry neck)
- Plagiocephaly (baby flat head)
- Difficulty latching and feeding difficulties
Please see your Craniosacral Therapist or Manual Osteopathic Practitioner for an assessment or to answer questions to see if it is the right treatment for you.