This is a very gentle therapy used to restore balance and enhance the function of the craniosacral system. This system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, extending all the way down to the sacrum. It was developed by an osteopathic physician named John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University.
Using very light pressure restricted bones and/or connecting membranes are released and optimal flow is restored to the cerebrospinal fluid. This can ultimately improve the function of the central nervous system which directly affects your bodies ability to heal from past injuries and illness, as well as cope with the negative effects of stress.
What Does CranioSacral treat?
CranioSacral can be used on its own or in combination with other therapies to treat a number of different problems. It can also be used as a preventative measure by boosting the immune system and increasing ones resistance to illness. Here are just a few things Craniosacral sessions can help treat.
- TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Chronic Fatigue
- Fibromyalsia and other Connective Tissue Disorders
- Spinal Cord Injuries
How Long Is A Typical Session?
A craniosacral session typically lasts for 1 hour, however duration can depend on the severity of the problem being addressed.
What Does A Typical Session Look Like?
For your first time receiving a cranio sacral treatment you will be required to fill out a medical history form so be prepared to come a few minutes early. Once I have gone through the form with you, I will have you lay down on your back on the treatment table. You do not need to remove any clothing at this time, only necklaces, belts or any other restrictive items. I do suggest you wear comfortable, loose clothing such as yoga pants or light cotton pants.
For the next hour you simply get to relax while I use a number of different hand positions mixed with gentle pressure to release muscular or osseous (skeletal) restrictions!
For more information on this therapy please visit the upledger website at:
How Often Should I Come For A Session?
The answer to this question depends greatly on the severity of the issue being addressed. In more serious cases it is beneficial to receive a treatment every week to two weeks. If the treatment is meant for general health maintenance or is being used for preventative measures once a month can be sufficient.