Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a totally non-invasive therapy which is suitable for everyone. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the Craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
How does Craniosacral Therapy Work?
Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord, which make up the central nervous system. The central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system, the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.
Every day your body endures stresses and strains, for which it must work to compensate. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system and potentially every other system with which it interacts.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system. This is done by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, Craniosacral Therapy is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Using a soft touch, generally no greater than 5 grams or about the weight of a 10 pence piece, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the nervous system.
Conditions your CST Practitioner may address:
- Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Birth Trauma- C-section, forceps
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
- TMJ Syndrome
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- And Many Other Conditions