What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was developed by Dr John Upledger, DO after years of clinical research at Michigan State University where he was a professor of biomechanics.
How Craniosacral Therapy Works
The brain and spinal cord are the core of the central nervous system. Few structures have as much influence over the body's ability to function properly. The craniosacral system is the critical support system made up of membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish them.
Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must compensate for. These changes cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. This can cause tension and restrictions around the brain and spinal cord affecting the health of the central nervous system, which affects every organ in the body.
The CST practitioner uses a light touch to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for ease of motion and what is called the cranial rhythm of the fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord, and to release restrictions in any surrounding tissues. By normalizing the cranial rhythm and the environment around the brain and spinal cord, thus enhancing the body's ability to self-correct, Craniosacral Therapy can help with a wide variety of dysfunctions
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) adds to traditional CST and its focus on the cranial rhythm to include deeper rhythms within the body. It introduces the concept that the human system is more than bones, fluid and tissue. This expands the therapeutic focus throughout the entire body.
Both types of Crainiosacral Therapy are increasingly used as preventive health measures for their abilities to bolster resistance to disease and to promote wellbeing.
Conditions Craniosacral Therapy addresses
Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
And Many Other Conditions