What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CST is a gentle, hands-on approach to evaluate and enrich the function of the craniosacral system. Using a soft touch about the weight of a nickel, CST aids the body’s natural healing processes.
What is the CranioSacral System?
The craniosacral system is the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord, bathing it in nutrients and providing protection. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth to the sacrum (the “tailbone” which is wedge-shaped and connects the back portions of the pelvis halves). These membranes are a type of connective tissue (or fascia), which due to its location within the central line of the fascial system have far reaching effect on other fascial structures throughout the body. The craniosacral system is vital in maintaining the environment the Central Nervous System (CNS) functions in. Because of this, when the craniosacral rhythm and structures are restricted, restrictions can be seen mirrored in other areas of the body. Again, if the fascia in one part loses its flexibility and suppleness it may effect another part of the body as well as other systems. These restrictions often are the results of traumas, accidents, inflammation or emotional trauma, and may not show signs of the dysfunction for years, and in some cases decades. When restrictions surrounding or within the craniosacral system are released the body’s healing mechanisms will allow the CNS to work more effectively with improved function.
How does CST work?
A CST practitioner evaluates the craniosacral system through the craniosacral rhythm to find areas of restriction. Once these are found, they assist the natural rhythm and movement of the cerebrospinal fluid and related soft tissue to aid the body’s self-correcting and healing mechanisms. This helps to restore relative balance and flexibility of the whole facial system, which in turn can relieve pain, fatigue and dysfunction, often helping those with chronic symptoms which haven’t been relieved by other modalities as well as bolstering energy and resistance to disease.
Other conditions CST can help:
Migraine Headaches Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Motor-Coordination Impairments Colic
Autism Central Nervous System Disorders
Orthopedic Problems Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Infantile Disorders
Learning Disabilities Chronic Fatigue
Emotional Difficulties Stress and Tension-Related Problems
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) Scoliosis
Neurovascular or Immune Disorders Post-Surgical Dysfunction
Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
Conditions CST shouldn’t be used for are acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other preexisting conditions where variations or slight increase of intracranial pressure would cause instability.