How does CranioSacral Therapy work?

CranioSacral Therapy works by helping the body's natural healing mechanisms dissipate the negative effects of stress on the central nervous system.  This is accomplished by utilizing a physiological body system called the craniosacral system, which maintains the environment
in which the central nervous system functions. 

It consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, extending from the bones of the skull, face and mouth (which make up the
cranium) down to the tailbone area (or sacrum).
Since the craniosacral system directly
impacts the central nervous system, it’s easy to see how an imbalance could cause any
number of sensory, motor and/or neurological disabilities.

Like the pulse of the cardiovascular system, the craniosacral system has a rhythm that can be felt throughout the body. Using a touch generally no heavier than the weight of a nickel, skilled practitioners can monitor this rhythm at key body points to pinpoint the source of an obstruction or stress. They can then assist the natural movement of the fluid and related soft tissue to help the body self-correct. This simple action is often all it takes to remove a restriction. Other times, CST may be combined with other therapies to help restore the body to its optimum functioning level.

What conditions can CranioSacral Therapy help?

Because of its influence on the functioning of the central nervous system, CranioSacral Therapy can benefit the body in a number of ways from bolstering overall health and resistance to disease to alleviating a wide range of specific medical conditions.
Among CST's largest patient groups are those suffering chronic symptoms that haven't been aided by other approaches. CST is beneficial to those with head, neck or back injuries resulting from an accident. It is very helpful in the treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. The extremely light touch involved in the application of CST also makes it a safe approach for newborns, infants and children with early traumas, including birth trauma. They especially can benefit from the timely identification and release of restrictions in the craniosacral system, thereby helping prevent future difficulties such as learning disabilities or hyperactivity.
In dysfunctions such as insomnia, fatigue, headaches, poor digestion, and anxiety, CranioSacral Therapy works to reverse the debilitating effects of stress by providing the conditions in which the nervous system can rest and rejuvenate. In fact, it's this capacity to reduce stress that's leading an increasing number of people to include CST as part of their wellness routines.

Other conditions for which CranioSacral Therapy has shown to be effective are various sensory disorders.
Among these are eye-motor coordination problems, autism, dyslexia, loss of taste or smell, tinnitus, vertigo and neuralgias such as sciatica.

How many CranioSacral Therapy sessions will I need?

Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. Your response is uniquely your own and can't be compared to anyone else's — even those cases that may appear to be similar to your own. The number of sessions needed varies widely — from very few, usually once a week over the course of several weeks, to longer-term treatment in some situations. Many clients find once a month sessions help them maintain their structural balance and health.

How is CranioSacral Therapy performed? 

In a typical CST session, the client is lying down fully clothed on a soft, supportive foam-covered therapy table. Certain physical conditions may require treatment while sitting in a wheelchair, or lying partially prone with supportive cushions, as is usually best in the last trimester of pregnancy. Sessions average one hour, with shorter and longer sessions available. 
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