To understand craniosacral therapy, you must first understand what the craniosacral system is.
The craniosacral system begins at the top of your head and extends to the base of the spine. It includes all the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that protects your brain and spinal cord and extends throughout the body via your nerves’ connective coverings.
The natural fluid rhythm that moves through your cerebrospinal fluid exerts an effect on all of the tissues it connects to. Any injury to this system can upset its balance and function and lead to a variety of symptoms.
Injury to the craniosacral system can be due to:
- Direct or indirect trauma (e.g. whiplash)
- Toxicity (e.g. medication with neurological side effects, recreational drugs or alcohol, heavy metals
- Prolonged emotion stress
“The subtlety of craniosacral therapy often has rippling effect like dropping a stone into a still pool of water. It opens the door to self healing.”Dr. Eric Posen, N.D., D.C., R.Ac.
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Using the lightest of touch – often no more pressure than the weight of a nickel – Integrative physicians can identify and correct the distortions to the craniosacral system that are impairing your sensory perceptions and ease of movement.
Craniosacral therapy takes advantage of our bodies’ inherent ability to self regulate and restore by putting it in a position that resets the neurological input that was injured.
Our patients’ usually report a feeling of deep relaxation during their treatments. Their blood pressure lowers and they talk about feeling an increased clarity in their vision and other senses.
What Does Craniosacral Therapy Treat?
Craniosacral therapy complements your body’s natural ability to heal itself and is suited for disease prevention as well as treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress conditions as well as head, neck and upper back traumas.
Compromise to the craniosacral system can manifest in many different ways, but we often see the following:
Neurological – tingling, numbness, loss of coordination and muscle strength
Cognitive – memory and concentration issues, behavioural problems, post-traumatic stress disorder
Pain – headaches, neck and jaw pain, lower back pain
Organic inflammatory referral syndromes – e.g. kidney problems creating lower back pain or right upper shoulder pain caused by gall bladder inflammation