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CranioSacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy has been used to target highly specialized cases, such as Concussion Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injury. Significant cranial restrictions can lead to chronic pain patterns.

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system. This system helps to enhance the production and distribution of cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid is produced in the brain, and through the movement of the cranial bones, is circulated down the spinal column.


CranioSacral Therapy was developed in the early 20th century by William Sutherland, a doctor of osteopathy. The skull is flexible while the brain is growing, but it was then believed that the sutures or joints between the cranial bones fused and became immobile. Sutherland believed that the bones were not fused, but rather moved in a breathing motion through the connecting sutures. He believed that this was the motion that pumped the cerebrospinal fluid between the brain and spinal column.

John Upledger, an osteopath, is credited with sparking renewed interest in this therapy. After researching and learning the techniques in the early 1970's, he began teaching these therapeutic skills to practitioners outside the osteopathic profession. He also expanded the traditional techniques to manipulate the fascia--a connective tissue that covers every organ of the body. The fascia can hold physical and emotional trauma because it shortens as a result of surgery or injury. This shortening can affect the whole CranioSacral system.

In CranioSacral therapy, the practitioner learns how to feel the movement of the cranial bones. About 5 grams of force is used - about the weight of a nickel. As the body relaxes, the therapist may meet the level of relaxation with more pressure. CranioSacral therapy is extremely slow and subtle. It addresses restrictions arising from any injuries, surgeries, or traumas to the body. Restoring these movements helps to encourage the body's natural healing mechanism.

In cranial osteopathy, it is believed that all of the bones in our neck and head move in certain ways—for example, the temporal bone moves in the way gills of a fish would expand and contract.

When we sustain any injury (especially to the head, neck, and spinal cord), a force is being put into our bodies that can compress these bones or misalign them. Our cranial bones can get “stuck” in the position that the trauma put us in, causing complications like chronic headaches, TMJ, emotional distress, chronic pain, and the list goes on.

CranioSacral therapy helps to alleviate a range of illnesses, pain, and dysfunction including:

• Concussion Syndrome
• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Tinnitus
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Chronic Neck and Back Pain
• Headaches and Migraines
• Motor-Coordination Impairments
• Stress and Tension-Related Problems
• Central Nervous System Disorders
• Emotional Difficulties
• TMJ Disorders

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