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Craniosacral Therapy

We are proud to offer Craniosacral Therapy (CST) provided by our therapists trained by the Upledger Institute. This gentle hands-on technique may provide relief from a variety of symptoms including headaches, neck pain and side effects of cancer treatment among many others by focusing on the separate bones of the skull. In the past, it was believed the skull was a solid structure, like a helmet, protecting the brain. Yet, the 22 bones of the skull move, with a subtle rhythmic pulsing that turns out to be a significant factor in our health. CST focuses on the proper flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and can restore proper movement of restricted cranial bones. CST uses a light touch to examine membranes and movement of fluids in and around the central nervous system. Relieving tension in the central nervous system promotes a feeling of well-being by eliminating pain and boosting health and immunity.

Compensation Reactions

Bones of the skull can become injured during the birth process as well as other traumatic events. Besides the interruption of the rhythmic pulsing, once the distorted, torqued or warped pattern is established, a compensatory “distortion” can occur along the supporting spinal column below. This can set the stage for a variety of health issues, including: headaches, migraines, stress, traumatic brain injury, TMJ issues, chronic neck and back pain as well as many more.

The Physiology

The focus of CST is a gentle placement of hands to assist release of the body’s connective tissue, or “fascia.” Fascia (Latin word for “band”) is a covering found throughout the body including organs, glands, nerves, muscles, blood vessels, brain and spinal cord. This covering forms a body-wide connective network. The rhythmic movements felt along the joints of the different bones of the skull, called sutures, can be felt with the fingertips. Restrictions are thought to interfere with the normal circulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This fluid serves as a “shock absorber” for the delicate tissues of the brain. By detecting aberrations, we can uncover the underlying cause of many ailments, especially those of the jaw and other parts of your head. Simply put, when we correct adhesions in the fascia and move the bones of your skull, it allows your entire body to work better. CST is based on the idea that the body is interrelated at all levels.

Who Can Be Helped By Craniosacral Therapy?

CST is thought to improve efficiency of biological processes through boosting inherent self-regulation, self-correction and self-healing. The therapy can be used successfully with children and adults.

  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Fascial adhesion
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuralgia
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • TMJ disorders and pain
  • Stroke
  • TBI/Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Speech impairment
  • Epilepsy

Contact us today to schedule your appointment: (603) 824-6121