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The Therapeutic Value of Craniosacral Therapy

While the validity of the cardiovascular and respiratory rhythms are undisputed today, for eons the very existence of these systems sparked debate in medical communities around the globe. Now for nearly 25 years, osteopathic physician and researcher John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., has been a proponent of using the rhythm of another body system - the Craniosacral system - to enhance body functioning, and help alleviate pain and discomfort. The Craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area. Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction in it could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems could include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities and other health challenges. Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate the negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. You also benefit from better overall health and resistance to disease. Because of its positive effect on so many body functions, Craniosacral Therapy is practiced today by a wide variety of healthcare professionals.

How Is Craniosacral Therapy Performed?

The Craniosacral Therapy practitioner uses a light touch - generally no more than the weight of a nickel - to test for restrictions in the Craniosacral system. This is done by monitoring the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid as it flows through the system. While experienced clinicians can detect that motion anywhere on your body, they can most easily feel it at the skull, sacrum and coccyx. These bones attach to the membranes that enclose the cerebrospinal fluid. The positive effects of Craniosacral Therapy rely to a large extent on your body's natural self-corrective activities, The therapist's light, hands-on approach simply assists the hydraulic forces inherent in the Craniosacral system to improve your body's internal environment - and strengthen its ability to heal itself.

What Conditions Does Craniosacral Therapy Address?

Craniosacral Therapy strengthens your body's ability to take better care of you. It helps alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including:
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Stress and Tension Related Problems
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Scoliosis
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • And Many Other Conditions

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Last modified: February 9, 2006