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What is Craniosacral Therapy?
CranioSacral therapy uses a soft touch to evaluate and enhance the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord and reduce tissue tension to improve the function of the nervous system and other systems of the body.
Developed by John Upledger, DO, CranioSacral therapy is an osteopathic technique based off of the belief that the body has the ability to heal using its innate self-organization and inner wisdom as well as the osteopathic knowledge from Andrew Taylor Still and William Sutherland, DO.
The healing process happens all the time. The body is constantly finding the path of least resistance around tension patterns in attempt to provide the most efficient function. One could read the previous sentence again and substitute "Life" for "The body." As long as we can function around tension patterns, there are no obvious symptoms. It is when the tension overwhelms the body that symptoms present themselves usually wherever the weakest link is and not necessarily where the tension is. For example, tension patterns may be present from an ankle sprain, which may over time produce tension that leads into higher parts of the body.
CranioSacral therapy attempts to reduce the tension patterns to allow the body to self-correct itself.
CranioSacral is beneficial for most conditions and can be used in conjunction with other therapies. Specifically, it can help:
- chronic pain
- orthopedic/musculoskeletal pain
- chronic fatigue, sleep
- connective tissue disorders/fibromyalgia
- digestive issues
- neurological and circulatory issues
It is not advised to use CranioSacral therapy in situations where there is compromise to the membrane system around the brain and spinal cord and when there is increased intracranial pressure that could cause a problem. For example, epidural leaks, acute stroke, severe concussion, and unstable cerebral aneurisms are some of the conditions where CranioSacral therapy is not advised.
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