Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands on, energy-driven method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the body’s craniosacral system. The craniosacral system is made of the membranous dural sac which attaches to the base of the skull (cranium) to the small of the back (sacrum) and the cerebrospinal fluid which bathes and protects the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch no greater than 5 grams, about the weight of a nickel, craniosacral therapists release membranous and bony restrictions in the craniosacral system. This release of tensions in the dural sheath removes unnecessary pressure on the nervous system leading to reduction of pain, strengthened resistance to disease, and enhanced health and well-being naturally.
What makes CST different than other therapies?
Craniosacral therapy is guided by the patient as craniosacral therapists firmly believe that every patient as an “inner physician”, an entity within the patient that knows how to heal past injuries, both physical and emotional. This therapy also addresses emotions stored in the tissues in the form of cellular memory. Just as a psychologist encourages a client to talk about memories so the client can release the pain on a psychological level, craniosacral therapists “listen” through touch to the tissues of the body to get the tissues to release on a physiological level.
Because CST is so gentle, this therapy has proven effective for people of all ages and has been effective for treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
- Plagiocephaly & Torticollis
- Lip Ties and Tongue ties (depending on severity)
- Colic / Reflux
- Children with autism and other learning disabilities
- Growing Pains
- Infantile disorders
- Migraine Headache
- Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders
- Motor coordination/impairment
- Concussion and other traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
Research at John Hopkins University shows that Autism Spectrum Disorder results partially from a loss of excitability of the membrane layers that make up the membranous sheathes surrounding the brain. CST has been shows to help autistic individuals, both within themselves and in the world around them by decreasing stress and strain on their CNS.