Gentle, noninvasive bodywork for the bones of the head, spinal column, and sacrum.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column, and sacrum, with the goal of releasing compression in those areas to alleviate pain and other symptoms. Craniosacral therapy seeks to restore the natural position of these 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, the sacrum, and other areas of the body in order to gently free up restrictions in the movement of these bones and associated soft tissues, and to stimulate the flow of 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, and even psychological traumas.
Common Issues Addressed
Craniosacral therapy is used to address 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 disorder, and Ménière’s disease and other ear problems, as well as 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 include:
- Calming of the nervous system
- Stress and anxiety reduction
- Overall balancing of body systems
- Pain reduction
- Headache relief