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Craniosacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch manual therapy approach that enhances the body's natural healing capabilities and has been shown to be effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and loss of function. It was initially discovered by Dr William G Sutherland in the early 1900's and scientifically validated and developed by Dr John Upledger. The Upledger Institute continually researches and improves upon existing scientific techniques.


CranioSacral Therapy works by helping the body's natural healing mechanisms dissipate the negative effects of stress on the central nervous system. This is accomplished through utilizing a physiological body system called the CranioSacral system, which maintains the environment in which the central nervous system functions. It consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, extending from the bones of the skull, face and mouth (which make up the cranium) down to the tailbone area (or sacrum). The role of this system in the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord is so vital that an imbalance or dysfunction in it can cause sensory, motor and/or neurological disabilities. Like the pulse of the cardiovascular system, the CranioSacral system has a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body. Using a touch generally no heavier than the weight of a nickel, skilled practitioners can monitor this rhythm at key body points to pinpoint the source of an obstruction or stress. Once a source has been determined, they can assist the natural movement of the fluid and related soft tissue to help the body self-correct. This simple action is often all it takes to remove a restriction. Other times, CST may be combined with other complementary therapies to help restore the body to its optimum functioning level.


By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. CST is also increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease.


Examples of conditions managed with CST include:

  • Migraine Headaches.
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain.
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments.
  • Colic.
  • Autism.
  • Central Nervous System Disorders (stroke, multiple sclerosis, Bell's palsy, etc.).
  • Orthopaedic Problems.
  • Scoliosis.
  • Infantile Disorders.
  • Learning Disabilities.
  • Chronic Fatigue.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Emotional Difficulties (anxiety, depression, etc.).
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems.
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders.
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ).
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders (rheumatoid arthritis, shingles, etc.).
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction.



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