Craniosacral Therapy was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M, following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University. Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that enhances and balances the body’s nervous and musculoskeletal systems. The therapist uses light touch techniques to release restrictions in connective tissues and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord. This technique facilitates the body’s self-corrective mechanism, reduces stress, and promotes general health and vitality.
What Is Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle touch manual therapy that specifically targets the connective tissue and fluid system of the spine and brain. The fluid of this system is known as the cerebrospinal fluid. The specific boundaries of this fluid is a connective tissue in our bodies known as the dura mater. The dura mater covers the brain and the spinal cord and within it is found the cerebrospinal fluid. There is a balance in the pressures associated with this fluid system in healthy individuals. Since the craniosacral system includes the brain and spine it is intimately associated with the central nervous system, the autonomic nervous system, the neuromusculoskeletal system, and the endocrine system.
What all that means is that disorders and dysfunctions of these systems may respond favorably to craniosacral therapy. A variety of medical issues that may respond well to CST include headaches of all types, orthopedic injuries and dysfunctions, neck and back pain, nerve related issues, autoimmune issues, visceral issues (including stomach and colon problems), asthma, stress and tension related problems, post surgical recovery, sinus problems, balance issues, scoliosis, TMJ dysfunction, PTSD, seizures, learning disabilities, and strokes.
CST can be used alone in therapy but is generally a piece of the dysfunction/disorder puzzle. CST may be used in conjunction with other treatment modalities like other manual therapies, exercise, behavioral modification and other medical treatments in order to help individuals on their healing journey.
What Conditions Can Craniosacral Therapy Treat?
Many of the following medical conditions may respond well to treatment utilizing cranio sacral therapy:
- Headaches (including migraine, cervical, stress)
- Sinus problems (including seasonal allergies, infections)
- Neck and back pain (acute and chronic conditions)
- Balance problems
- Autoimmune disorders (including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, psoriasis, connective tissue disorders)
- Scoliosis and other spinal conditions
- Temporal mandibular joint syndrome
- Post traumatic stress syndrome
- Learning disabilities (including ADD, ADHD, autism, Asperger Syndrome)
- Post surgical recovery
- Visual disturbances (including nystagmus, strabismus)
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Stress and tension related problems
- Central nervous system disorders
- Infantile disorders (including colic)
- Orthopedic injuries and dysfunctions
For more information on these techniques please visit The Upledger Institute