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Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum.

The Technique

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas to alleviate pain. Craniosacral therapy seeks to restore the natural position of the bones and can decrease stress from chronic injuries as well as provide relief from acute symptoms.

A Craniosacral session at SCFSM

Treatment includes gentle hands-on manipulation of the cranial bones and the sacrum, as well as other restricted areas of the body.

Practitioners of this therapy use their hands to provide additional manipulation techniques in order to gently free up restrictions in the movement of cranial bones and associated soft tissues and to stimulate the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid, which bathes all the surfaces of the brain and the spinal cord.

Craniosacral practitioners believe that distortions in the natural rhythms of the central nervous system may result from trauma of all sorts including childhood injuries, automobile accidents, even psychological trauma.

Craniosacral Therapy Commonly Treats:

Craniosacral therapy is used for a wide range of problems in both children and adults including constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, seizures, scoliosis, migraine headaches, disturbed sleep cycles, asthma, neck pain, sinus infections, TMJ syndrome, Ménière’s disease and ear problems, and for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who have experienced birth trauma or head trauma. The American Cancer Society notes that while craniosacral therapy has not been shown scientifically to be a treatment for cancer, it can help patients feel more relaxed by helping to relieve stress and tension.

 

Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

  • Calming to the nervous system
  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Overall balancing of the systems in the body
  • Pain reduction
  • Headache relief