Benefits of Cranial Sacral Therapy from Songbird Physical Therapy

Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on form of body work that assists the body in releasing compression of the bones of the cranium, sacrum and spine, allowing cerebral spinal fluid to flow more easily. Cerebral spinal fluid is the liquid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. 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 lightness, improved sleep, and reduction of pain.

Experiences with Cranial Sacral Therapy

As a certified Cranial Sacral Therapist, my experience of using the practice 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 lower back pain, post surgical tightness and soft tissue restrictions, and increasing range of motion in the spine and extremities. Cranial sacral therapy has also been shown to be very helpful for treating trauma. Patients report decreased trauma related to motor vehicle accidents or trauma from childhood. I have also seen this work be very useful in helping release grief. Cranial sacral therapy has been shown to produce positive results 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 led 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 onto the pain. During a Cranial Sacral Therapy session, you are given the opportunity to explore past traumas, memories and stresses that may be contributing to the chronic pain pattern. At times, you may simply want to enjoy the gentle relaxation of the cranial work without having to focus on deeper concerns that may be paining you. Each session is different, but always beneficial due to the cumulative benefits of this work. Subsequent treatments create a feeling of safety, allowing a deeper healing experience to become possible.

Cranial Sacral Therapy Can Help with

  • Migraine headaches

  • Depression/anxiety

  • Spinal pain

  • Sciatica

  • Post-concussion syndrome

  • Whiplash

  • Scar tissue/myofascial restrictions

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Disturbed sleep

  • Asthma

  • TMJ

  • Dizziness/vertigo

  • Stress

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Post orthopedic surgeries

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • CVA

  • and much more