It was an American osteopath John Upledger, who developed Craniosacral therapy or CST in the 1970s. The theory behind this therapy is deep tension that has accumulated within a person’s body will be freed by manipulating the cranium’s synarthroidal joints and once released, the person should expect improved function of his body, and any pain that he may have will be completely if not substantially relieved.
Since the points of interest are on the top and tail of your spine, it is the central nervous system that benefits most of all. And because the central nervous system is attached to the rest of the body, CST has potentially far-reaching effects on a person’s health, including the prevention and treatment of disease.
The principle behind craniosacral therapy is that the spinal cord, and your brain are made up of three membranous layers. The innermost layer is the pia mater. This is the most fragile layer, which follows the configurations within the spinal cord and brain and carries with it the blood vessels. The arachnoid mater is the middle layer, which is more delicate than the dura mater, which is the outer layer and is water proof and tougher than the two aforementioned layers. In between this three-layered membrane, called the fascia, is the cerebrospinal fluid, which cushions and lubricates the brain and spinal cord.
According to Craniosacral practitioners and therapists, the cerebrospinal fluid has a certain rhythm that rises and falls in pressure and volume, pulsating within a range of six to twelve cycles a minute. The cerebrospinal fluid’s pulse or rhythm is deemed to be the force that moves the bones in your spine and head, influencing your whole body, therefore, making it as crucial as your heart and breathing function. The imbalance in this pulse is believed to cause the restrictions within your body.
Through palpation or light touch, craniosacral therapists and osteopaths are able to eliminate the restrictions in your body, bringing back normal pain free movement, thereby enabling the continuance of the natural rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid.
Some issues that can be resolved using Craniosacral therapy:
- TMJ Syndrome
- Tension and stress-related concerns
- Headaches and migraines
- Joint problems
- Childhood and infant disorders
- Chronic back and neck pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Spinal cord and brain issues
In general, craniosacral therapy is administered by qualified and reputable osteopaths. These medical practitioners are extensively trained in CST, as well as in other mobilization techniques that may or may not be required.
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