Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of adjusting and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system is a distinct system of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This system provides nutrients and lubricants for the central nervous system, and its proper functioning is related to the proper functioning of every system of the body.
The craniosacral system has a powerful influence over the nervous, endocrine and immune system functions, thus creating a total body effect. Within this system, the fluid rhythmically pulses in an independent cycle distinct from the cardiac and respiratory rhythms. The object of this therapy is to find areas of impeded movement within the system, and reestablish normal movement and flow of the craniosacral rhythm.
During a craniosacral therapy session, Chuck uses a light touch to feel the rhythmic motion of the cerebrospinal fluid. He is checking for the symmetry, rate of flow, amplitude, and quality of this motion in the places where the membranes of the craniosacral system attach to the bones of the skull and sacrum (tailbone). Blockages or restrictions that are discovered are treated with gentle light-touch adjustments to restore normal function.
Restoring normal functioning of the craniosacral rhythm can have wide impacts on the body, improving functioning of the central nervous system, and facilitating the body’s own self-healing potential. Clients who undergo craniosacral therapeutic treatments experience improvements in many conditions including:
– chronic neck and back pain
– motor-coordination impairments
– childhood ailments such as colic and learning disabilities
– central nervous system disorders
– traumatic injuries
– chronic fatigue
– emotional difficulties
– stress and tension related issues
– Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
– Immune disorders
– Post-surgical dysfunction
– And more
Craniosacral therapy has developed out of osteopathic medicine that has been an increasingly popular alternative for healing. It is a holistic therapy that addresses the patient as a whole. It complements traditional medical care and may help improve health outcomes for many difficult to treat conditions.