What is craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a type of alternative medicine and bodywork that targets the craniosacral system. This encompasses all of the membranes, fluid, and bones around the brain and spinal cord.
Craniosacral therapy involves the application of gentle pressure to the head, neck, back, and pelvis. It may also involve the manipulation of the bones and joints.
This is thought to relieve compression in the cranial bones (or bones of the skull) and spine. This also helps to remove blockages in the body’s cerebrospinal fluid flow, and improve the overall functioning of the central nervous system.
This non-invasive, pain-free therapy was pioneered by doctor of osteopathy, John Upledger, in the 1970s. It was based on the findings of Dr William Sutherland, who first introduced the idea of cranial osteopathy.
Who can benefit from craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy can be used in many people, from infants and young children to the elderly.
It is commonly used to provide relief to people who are suffering from a range of acute and chronic medical conditions.
These include chronic pain disorders, migraines and headaches, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, speech impairments, epilepsy, and sinus or ear infections.
It may also be used to assist in recovery from trauma, including whiplash and concussion, as well as to treat anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
It may also be used during pregnancy, as well as to address issues in newborns stemming from a traumatic pregnancy or birth.
What does craniosacral therapy involve?
During a craniosacral therapy treatment, gentle pressure is applied to different areas of the head, neck, back, and pelvis. This can feel like a very gentle massage.
Unlike with massage though, you will stay fully clothed for the duration of your treatment.
Many people report feeling a deep sense of relaxation during their treatment. Some people even fall asleep during the treatment!
It is also normal to experience pulsating, hot and cold, or pins and needles sensations during the treatment.
What are the benefits of craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy has a number of uses and benefits. It can be used to:
- Reduce the symptoms associated with various acute and chronic medical conditions
- Optimise the overall functioning of the central nervous system
- Provide pain relief
- Support the body’s natural ability to heal
- Strengthen the functioning of the immune system
- Increase mobility
- Improve comfort during pregnancy
- Address poor sleep and irritability issues in babies and children
- Promote overall relaxation
How can I get started with craniosacral therapy?
If you’re interested in craniosacral therapy, look no further than Chiro & Integrative Therapies. We are based in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
To find out more, give us a call today on (07) 5607 0161.
Who can perform craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy may be performed by specialised craniosacral therapists. It may also be performed by chiropractors, osteopaths, physical therapists, and massage therapists.
Does craniosacral therapy hurt?
No, it is not painful. Instead, you are likely to experience a deep sense of relaxation during this treatment, which feels much like a very gentle massage.
Who is not a suitable candidate for craniosacral therapy?
This type of treatment may not be suitable for people with a traumatic brain or head injury, recent concussion, blood clots, bleeding disorders, or other disorders of the brain.
In these situations, it is important that you consult with your doctor before commencing treatment.