What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a technique used to detect and treat problems throughout the body by monitoring what is called the Craniosacral System.
The Craniosacral System is like a very flexible and mobile “cylinder” of cerebrospinal fluid contained within a series of membranes called the dura. The dura (containing the cerebrospinal fluid) line the spinal canal which connects the bones of the cranium (the skull, face, and mouth) at the upper end to the sacrum at the lower end of the spine.
When problems occur in the Craniosacral system, the brain and spinal cord can be affected leading to imbalances in the senses, emotions, and motor functions.
How does Craniosacral Therapy work?
Craniosacral therapy helps the body heal itself naturally in a gentle, non-invasive way. The therapist uses very gentle pressure techniques to “feel” the pulsation of the cerebrospinal fluid and to detect problems throughout the body. A number of techniques are then used to empower the Craniosacral System to make corrections and activate the healing process.
Who can benefit from Craniosacral Therapy?
People of all ages can benefit.
What conditions may be helped by Craniosacral Therapy?
- Acute or chronic restrictions of movement of any part of the body
- Headaches (hormonal, tension, and migraines)
- Whiplash and head injury after a motor vehicle accident or trauma
- Acute or chronic pain syndromes
- Sports injuries
- Learning Disabilities
- Some forms of scoliosis (abnormal spinal curvature)
- Stress related problems
- TMJ – Temporamandibular joint (jaw) problems
- Dental problems
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Vertigo (dizziness)
- Strabismus (abnormal deviation of the eye)
- Colic and congenital torticollis in infants
- Cerebral Palsy
- Craniosacral treatment has the potential to provide dramatic help to a significant number of so-called “medical basket cases”.