What Is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a very special and interesting alternative health modality because it is a light touch that manages the work of balancing the body’s metabolism for healing to occur and it has a rhythm of it’s own that can be palpated anywhere on the body.   CST has it’s roots in Cranial Osteopathy and so there is attention to the bones of the head, however, the focus of CranioSacral Therapy as developed by Dr. John Upledger, is the fluid and structures affected within the CSS and it’s reflexive restrictions on the fascia all over the body.

The CranioSacral system is a physiological system, just like the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, etc.  It has a rhythm cycle between 6 to 12 counts and is comprised of a tough membrane consisting of the dura mater, the entire spinal column and the delicate membranes: the arachnoid membrane and the pia mater. It maintains the environment where the brain and nervous system develop and function. Read more here.

Since the CranioSacral System (CSS) influences the functioning of the central nervous system, CranioSacral Therapy (CST) can benefit the body in many ways.  It enhances the immune system and alleviates a wide range of specific medical conditions as well as emotional/mental diseases like PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc. CranioSacral Therapy significantly raises vitality and jump starts the body’s own healing mechanism for self repair.  Thus it’s an excellent alternative medicine modality and compliments any biomedicine regimen.

Craniosacral Therapy is an extremely gentle therapy therefore it’s quite safe for during pregnancy, newborns, children, the elderly, as well as adults and people in fragile or acutely painful conditions or where any other manipulative work would be contraindicated.  Although results of CST are remarkable and sometimes extraordinary, some considerations will render the therapy contraindicated and biomedical clearance recommended.  These include conditions where a variation and/or slight increase in intracranial pressure would cause instability. Acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other pre-existing severe bleeding disorders or where the intracranial fluid pressure is of concern.

A CST treatment is an amazing and sometimes life changing experience. Although a series of treatments are best, a positive and significant result can be obtained from just one treatment.   Read what some recipients of Healthy Living Therapeutic CranioSacral Therapy are saying about their experience.

CranioSacral Therapy is beneficial for a wide range of medical problems related to pain and dysfunction including the following:

  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Scoliosis
  • Neurovascular/Immune Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • PTSD
  • Neurological problems
  • Fibromyalgia and connective tissue disorders
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • TMJ
  • Stress and tension
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Vertigo
  • Motor-coordination impairments
  • Autism/Learning disabilities
  • Pre/Post Surgery
  • Anything you can think of-It’s worth a try

An Upledger trained therapist is the best choice when considering who to go to. Although an excellent CranioSacral Therapist will have a strong anatomy and physiology uderstanding, it’s not important who they are with regard to their title. It’s a matter of sensitivity in their palpation skills,  experience with CST and intuition. Neither an occupational, massage, or physical therapist, a DO, MD, dentist or DC will necessarily have an advantage in learning these techniques because the CSS functional anatomy is new to all of them. The main question is, do they have a license to put their hands on people and can they do the work.  Click here to schedule an appointment with a Healthy Living Therapeutic Therapist.


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