Cst was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.
Cst is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a coin, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. By complementing the body's natural healing processes, Cst is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction including:
and many more conditions treated.
CranioSacral Therapy is a method of examining and treating your head and body for restrictions that cause you pain and dysfunction. CranioSacral Therapy addresses the membrane system and connective tissue that connect the cranium and sacrum to each other. CST permits improvements in brain and spinal cord function, which increases the health of your entire body, enhances your resistance to disease and assists in a return to optimal function.
CranioSacral Therapy works by releasing restrictions in the fascial and/or membrane system. The cranial bones and the sacrum are used as handles to these membranes. The cerebrospinal fluid circulates within these membranes and has a normal pumping rhythm of 6 - 12 cycles/minute. By utilizing the cranial bones and the sacrum as handles to these membranes, restrictions can be released and the normal rhythm re-established. This has direct influence on the hormonal and nervous systems - two of the systems that govern the body.
If you experience chronic pain, recent injuries, headaches, head injuries, facial pain, whiplash, jaw pain and dysfunction, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, nervousness, post traumatic stress disorder or immunosuppressive symptoms, as well as many other physical and emotional symptoms, Craniosacral therapy can help to release pain and restore normal function.
Balancing your CranioSacral system speeds your recovery and helps to relieve your pain while improving neural, hormonal, muscular, visceral and brain function.
Can CranioSacral Therapy be used when the patient is seeing other health care practitioners?
CranioSacral Therapy works well with other therapies such as Chiropractics, Dentistry, Hydrotherapy, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Naturopathy, Allopathy, Physiotherapy, Counselling, Visceral Manipulation, Muscle Energy Technique, Psychotherapy and Exercise Therapy.