∞ CranioSacral Therapy
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system, which maintains the environment in which the central nervous system functions. It consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, extending from the bones of the skull, face and mouth (which make up the cranium) down to the tailbone area (or sacrum). The role of this system in the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord is so vital that an imbalance or dysfunction in it can cause sensory, motor and/or neurological disabilities.
Like the pulse of the cardiovascular system, the craniosacral system has a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body. Using a touch generally no heavier than the weight of a nickel, skilled practitioners can monitor this rhythm at key body points to pinpoint the source of an obstruction or stress. Once a source has been determined, they can assist the natural movement of the fluid and related soft tissue to help the body self-correct. This simple action is often all it takes to remove a restriction. Other times, CST may be combined with other complementary therapies to help restore the body to its optimum functioning level.
Because of its influence on the functioning of the central nervous system, CST can benefit the body in a number of ways. It and has been effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
- Migraine Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Motor – Coordination Impairments
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Infantile Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
- Chronic Fatigue
- Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
- Post-Surgical Dysfunction
- Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders.
The technique is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease and sustain overall good health. CST was developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upleder, D.O., O.M.M., in the 1970s. It is based on the theories of William Sutherland, D.O., an osteopath from the early 1900s.