What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy, or CST, is a light touch therapy that enhances your body’s own natural healing capabilities. CST is based on the theory that our bodies work to heal themselves but sometimes need support. This is because our bodies are capable of holding onto certain traumas that slow or prevent the body’s natural healing tendency. These traumas, physical and emotional, can lead to the multiple dysfunctions that may benefit from CST treatment.
CST treats the body as a whole, not just individual areas of pain or dysfunction. Your practitioner works with you to evaluate your craniosacral system. This system of membranes and fluid surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord. It also protects the attached bones including the skull, face, mouth, and tailbone (sacrum). The system plays a vital role, maintaining the environment in which the central nervous system functions.
The brain has four ventricles, or pockets, that fill and empty with cerebrospinal fluid every 4-6 seconds. These ventricles are located just below the motor cortex which controls all of our body’s movements. When the ventricles become blocked and swell with fluid, they press on the motor cortex and there is a response throughout the body. This response can often lead to pain, discomfort, or loss of motion. The CST practitioner feels throughout the body for restrictions in fluid circulation and then begins to release those restrictions. The reduced pressure helps promote the body’s self-correcting mechanisms.
A CST session typically lasts 60 minutes, and you remain fully clothed. Like many patients, you may feel a deep sense of relaxation throughout the session and after.
Carter Peckham has studied CST technques extensively and would be happy to discuss the therapy and potential benefits with you.
CST is a safe and gentle treatment approach. It is an extremely effective treatment option for many disorders:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)
- TMJ Dysfunction
- Neck and Back Pain (especially with arm and leg symptoms)
- Stress Problems
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Organ-related Dysfunctions
- Pregnancy-Related Pain/ Dysfunction
If you have questions about your condition or wonder if CST is right for you, contact North End Physical Therapy.