Craniosacral therapy is a mild, noninvasive procedure in which the gentle use of hands helps release deep-rooted stress in the body to relieve pain and improve the whole body’s health and performance. This form of therapy works with the rhythms within your body to resolve any health problems you might have.
Craniosacral therapy seeks to restore the natural position of the bones. By using gentle hand pressure to manipulate the skeleton and connective tissues, especially the skull and sacrum (the large, triangular bone at the base of the spinal column), it stimulates healing.
How Does Craniosacral Therapy Work?
Craniosacral therapy is a variation of chiropractic and osteopathic medicine. Practitioners believe that application of gentle pressure on the bones of the head, spine and pelvis increases the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and can cure or help a number of ailments, including those of the head, heart and immune system.
Craniosacral therapists teach that there is a link between the fluid in the head and the sacrum (the base of the lower back). The rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid that flows between these areas can be detected like a pulse. By correctly applying pressure and manipulating the right joints, the therapists could help normalize, balance and get rid of blockages (obstructions) from the various systems in your body. Following the removal of blockages, the body can function in a healthy manner.
Health Benefits Of Craniosacral Therapy
This treatment has proven to be beneficial in relieving headaches, depression, eye problems, attention deficit disorder, chronic fatigue, problems with the temporomandibular joint (the hinge of the jaw), hyperactivity, scoliosis, problems with the central nervous system and the endocrine system. It can also boost the immune system.
The History Of Craniosacral Therapy
Dr William G Sutherland pioneered the development of cranial osteopathy way back in the early 1930s. Craniosacral therapy was derived and developed from Sutherland’s work in the 1970s by John E Upledger. He went on to open the Upledger Institute of Florida in the 1980s where, every year, thousands of people attend his program and learn about releasing stress in the skull and the membranes around the brain.
Are There Any Possible Problems Or Complications?
Children below the age of two should not undergo craniosacral therapy because the bones of the skull are not fully developed. Adults having head injuries must also avoid it.
Where Can I Find A Practitioner?
You could find a craniosacral therapist online. To find a local practitioner, click here.