Cranio Sacral Therapy

Home fader 4 cranioscralCraniosacral Therapy treats a wide range of health problems associated with head and spine injuries that have compromised the Craniosacral System. The pressure used in this form of therapy is very light, but the results are profound and far-reaching.

The Craniosacral System (CSS) is a semi-closed hydraulic system contained inside the spinal column, within a cartilaginous membrane (the Dura Mater) that envelops the brain and the spinal cord in fluid. The CSS envelops the brain and extends down the spinal column to the base of the coccyx (tailbone). In a healthy CSS system, the Dura Mater directly attaches to the spinal column only at C2, C3, S2, and the coccyx.         

The CSS produces, circulates, and reabsorbs Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF).  CSF maintains the physiological environment in which the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system develop, live, and function. The CSS impacts all bodily functions but particularly the central nervous system. In a healthy body, the round trip time for CSF to circulate from the brain, to the tailbone, and back to the brain is 5-10 seconds.

The production and reabsorption of the CSF within the Dura Mater produces a continuous rise and fall of fluid pressure within the CSS. The rhythmical expansion and contraction or widening and narrowing of this pressure is discernable by the therapist practitioner. This volumetric accommodation is important in prevention of excessive pressure build up, which could cause problems in the central nervous system. Trauma to the head or spine, seizures, acute or chronic stress, and illness may cause restrictions in the surrounding bone joints or in the soft tissue within the Craniosacral Dural Membrane. These restrictions will negatively impact the healthy rise and fall of fluid pressure within the CSS. The job of the craniosacral therapist is to assess and alleviate these restrictions.

I have studied and practiced advanced craniosacral techniques, which I integrate into my bodywork when clients have experienced whiplash injuries, concussions, seizures, or any head or spinal column trauma, strain, collision or impact injury.

Since Craniosacral Therapy addresses central nervous system disorders, the clinical significance of the work is far reaching. Below is a list of some of the areas that Craniosacral Therapy addresses:

  • Autonomic Nervous System problems 
  • Fluid exchange into the brain
  • Headaches, eye, and ear problems
  • Concussions
  • Cranial blood vessels health to facilitate key cranial drainage and circulation
  • Sinus problems
  • Balance, dizziness, and vertigo
  • TMJ and other jaw related pain

Osteopath, William G. Sutherland, D.O, did early work in this field in the 1920s. More recent work by John Upledger, D.O. has paved the way for significant work in this field. A 1970s study at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University demonstrated the ability of the cranial bones to allow for minor movement. More information about Craniosacral Therapy may be found on the Internet.