Craniosacral Therapy

14 October 2007 by
Editorial team
Craniosacral therapy (CST) or Cranial Osteopathy, this healing modality uses very light touching to balance the craniosacral system in the body. Craniosacral therapy (CST) or Cranial Osteopathy is used by massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors and osteopaths, who manually apply a subtle movement of the spinal and cranial bones to bring the central nervous system into harmony. This therapy includes the bones, nerves, fluids, and connective tissues of the cranium and spinal area. It is believed that movement of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) can be restricted by trauma to the body like, through falls, accidents, and general nervous tension. In Craniosacral therapy (CST) or Cranial Osteopathy, by gently working with the spine, the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia, the restrictions of nerve passages are eased, the movement of CSF through the spinal cord can be optimized, and misaligned bones can be restored to their proper position. General Guideline in Craniosacral therapy (CST) or Cranial Osteopathy (1) analyzing the base (existing) cranial rhythm, (2) creating a still point in that rhythm at the base of the skull, (3) rocking the sacrum, (4) lengthening the spine in the lumbar-sacral region, (5) addressing the pelvic, respiratory and thoracic diaphragms, (6) releasing the hyoid bone in the throat, and (7-10) addressing each one of the cranial bones. The practitioner may use discretion in using which steps are suitable for each client, and may or may not follow them in sequential order, with time restraints and the extent of trauma being factors. Some conditions where craniosacral therapy is a suitable treatment approach • All back dysfunction • Asthma • Blood pressure • Digestive disorder • Incontinence • Infant disorder including colic, sleeping, feeding, speech, ear and behavioural problems • Migraine and headache • Neurological conditions including Parkinson's disease, Bells Palsy and Cerebral Palsy • Pain • Pregnancy care • Rehabilitation after trauma and accident • Soft tissue injury • Stress and panic disorders Side effects in Craniosacral therapy (CST) or Cranial Osteopathy Some people may experience mild discomfort after a treatment. This may be due to re-experiencing a trauma or injury or a previously numb area may come back to life and be more sensitive. These side effects are temporary.
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