The CranioSacral System consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and the spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or the tailbone area. The CranialSacral System maintains a palpable pulse separate from the cardiovascular and respiratory system. Using this separate rhythm a trained therapist can enhance body function and help alleviate pain or discomfort.
Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction in it could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems could include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities and other health challenges.
As CranioSacral Therapy treatments progress, your body’s ability to take better care of itself strengthens. The therapy helps alleviate a wide range of illnesses, pain and dysfunction including:
- Migraine and cluster headaches
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic back and neck pain
- Central nervous disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
- Motor coordination impariments
- Stress and tension related problems
- Infantile and infertility problems
- ADD, ADHD and Aspergers
- As well as many other conditions
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. You also benefit from overall health and resistance to disease.
CranioSacral therapy, performed without massage therapy, allows the patient to be fully clothed. Using a light touch, generally no more than the weight of a nickel, the therapist monitors the rhythm of the CranioSacral system to detect potential restrictions and imbalances. The therapist then uses delicate manual techniques to release those problem areas and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord.