Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a widely practiced alternative manual therapy used by osteopaths, chiropracters and physical therapists world-wide. It was discovered around 1900 by an osteopath named Dr. William Sutherland who when looking at a disarticulated human skull realized that the sutures (or joints) of the skull have the ability to move. This movement was so small he called it “breathing”.
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The purpose of craniosacral therapy is to enhance the body’s physiological system comprised of the membranes and fluid that provide support and structure to the brain and spinal cord. It is a holistic approach, tapping into mind, body and spirit of the patient.
Like any soft tissue in our body which reacts to physical and emotional stresses our craniosacral system responds in kind resulting in decreased mobility, elasticity, and flow which can result in physical pain and deteriorating health. The CST practitioner uses a very gentle touch to tune into the rhythm of your craniosacral system, feel for blocks, and help to release them, thus alleviating pain.
Sounds a bit out there?
CST can be a very powerful adjunct to bodywork in helping restore us to our healthy state of body and mind. It’s not the end all be all, as there is no magic bullet in any kind of treatment, but it is an excellent addition to therapy.
Craniosacral Therapy Can Help Treat:
- Migraine Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Orthopedic Problems
- Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Infantile Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Chronic Fatigue
- Emotional Difficulties
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems
- Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Post-Surgical Dysfunction