Cranial Sacral Therapy:
Cranial sacral therapy is a gentle hands-on form of body works that works on releasing compression of the bones of the cranium, sacrum and spine which allows cerebral spinal ﬂuid to ﬂow more easily. Cerebral spinal ﬂuid is the liquid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord and when the ﬂow of this fluid gets blocked and is unable to pump in its natural state, the body is likely to be in a compromised state of health. The goal of cranial sacral therapy is to release these blockages . Once the cerebral spinal ﬂuid is ﬂowing easily tension releases and people report a sense of overall well being, and less pain and dysfunction.
Cranial sacral therapy (CST) was largely developed by John E. Upledger, an Osteopathic Physician, who in the 1970’s began using and researching his approach at Michigan State University. He went on to further research the efficacy of CST and established the Upledger Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in 1985. He also started the Upledger Institute and began to train therapists in Cranial Sacral Therapy around the world.
I am a certified Cranial Sacral Therapist. My experience of using Cranial Sacral Therapy with my patients has been very rewarding. Clients have reported decreased pain, improved sleep, improved mood and feeling calmer and more clear-headed. CST has been a great adjunct to my treatment of orthopedic pain such as chronic neck and low back pain, post surgical tightness and soft tissue restrictions, and increasing range of motion in the extremities. CST is also helpful for treating trauma, depression and anxiety. Migraines, TMJ, pain due to spinal stenosis and herniated discs can also be greatly relieved or eliminated with CST. It is also helpful for improving function for patients with neurological diseases such as CVA, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. My experience as a Physical Therapist for over 16 years has lead me to believe that chronic pain is difficult to manage. Pain medication, injections, and surgeries are often not the answer to lingering pain. There seems to be an emotional component or trauma that contributes to the body wanting to hold on to the pain. During a CST session, the client is given the opportunity to explore past traumas, memories and stresses that may be contributing to the chronic pain. Other clients may simply want to enjoy the gentle relaxation of the cranial work without having to focus on deeper concerns that may be paining them. Each session is different but useful every time. Cranial sacral therapy has cumulative beneﬁts. With subsequent treatments, deeper healing continues to occur.
CST can help with:
Migraine headaches, disturbed sleep, depression/anxiety, asthma, spinal pain, TMJ, sciatica, dizziness/vertigo, post-concussion syndrome, stress, whiplash, frozen shoulder, post orthopedic surgeries, scar tissue/myofascial restrictions, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, CVA, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and much more.....