Craniosacral Therapy relieves back pain (includes upper, middle and lower back), neck pain, headaches and migraines, whiplash, and sciatica. This technique also corrects numbness, trauma from childbirth (Infant of Mother), head injury trauma, central nervous system disorders, and motor-coordination problems.
Craniosacral Therapy is performed fully clothed. The therapist uses a very gentle touch. Some people feel a lot of changes and movement during the session, while others report that they feel nothing. Most find that they feel lighter afterwards and that the severity of their pain decreases.
The craniosacral system consists of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord (Central Nervous System). It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum or tailbone area. As cerebrospinal fluid is produced and then reabsorbed, there is a reactive gentle motion in the head and body that the therapist can detect with their hands. Our physical, occupational, and massage therapists monitors the rhythm to detect potential restrictions and imbalances. Using delicate manual (hands on) techniques, the therapist releases problem areas to relieve any undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord, thus affecting the entire body.
Craniosacral therapy is a technique that is a descendant of Dr. William Sutherland’s work in cranial osteopathy. Similar techniques include Sacro-Occipital technique and Craniopathy. Pioneered and developed by osteopaths, these techniques have more recently been embraced by the wider medical community.
Cranial work is not aggressive. Eight cranial bones and 14 facial bones articulate together in harmony. Sutures tie the cranial vault together and have specific movement patterns. These movement patterns are evaluated by the clinician, who, as Sutherland stated best, “listens” with their hands. The treatment is then focused on relieving the restriction in movement of the sutures and increasing cerebrospinal fluid, blood, and lymphatic flow.