Craniosacral Therapy or CST is a method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system in a gentle and hands-on way. This comparatively modern practice (it was first discovered and developed in the 1970s) works by helping the body's natural healing mechanisms dissipate the negative effects of stress on the central nervous system.
There are membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord (extending from the bones of the skull, face and mouth down to the tailbone area). The craniosacral system maintains this natural environment while providing a vital role in the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord.
What is this vital role?
Any imbalance or disfunction in such development or performance can cause sensory, motor or neurological disabilities The craniosacral system has a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body which means that a qualified practitioner of this therapy, using a light touch, will be able to monitor such rhythm and pinpoint the source of an obstruction or the area of stress. The same practitioner can then help to ensure the natural movement of the fluid and related soft tissue so that the body self-corrects and heals. If the problem is less straightforward, CST can be combined with other natural and complementary therapies to assist the healing process and restore the system to its optimum functioning level.
CST can benefit the body in a number of ways
- Bolstering overall health.
- Helping the body to resist disease.
- Alleviating a wide range of specific medical conditions.
- Helping those with chronic symptoms.
- Helping those with nervous system conditions to reduce stress and rejuvenate.
- Benefiting those with head, neck or back injuries from an accident.
- Assisting children, infants and newborns following trauma including birth trauma.
- Assisting in resolving conditions that are stress related such as insomnia, fatigue, headaches, poor digestion, anxiety and certain joint dysfunction.
- Assisting in resolving sensory disorders such as autism, dyslexia, loss of taste or smell, tinnitus, vertigo and neuralgias such as sciatica.
- Correcting the back problems and trapped nerves due to minor adhesions in the soft tissue of the digestive system which may be pulling on the spine or because of surgical scars.
There are certain situations when CST would not be recommended
- Conditions where a variation or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability.
- Where acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or severe bleeding disorders are present.
A CST session takes in a quiet setting and you remain fully clothed while lying on a treatment table. Some people find the procedure so relaxing, they drift off to sleep while others are energized. Results can be immediate or become apparent over the following days.
If you have chronic symptoms for a condition that has not been helped by other methods, CST might be the answer you are looking for.