The centre also offers Craniosacral Therapy. This is a gentle, natural, hands on therapy that utilizes the body’s own innate self-corrective abilities to restore balance and wellness in the soft tissue which affects the nervous system. Some of the conditions that craniosacral therapy helps with are Headaches/Migraines, Neck and back pain, vertigo and Tinnitus, Chronic pain syndromes, Orthopedic Problems, Chronic Sinus infections, Stress Management, Brain and Spinal Cord injuries, TMJ Dysfunctions, Learning Disabilities, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Pre and Post Surgery, Healthy Baby/Healthy Mother.
Who does Craniosacral Therapy?
A wide variety of healthcare practioner practice CST: osteopathic physicians, medical doctors, dentists, nurses, chiropractic physicians, acupuncturists, homeopathic and naturopathic physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Another large group practicing CST is composed of massage therapists and other professional bodyworkers. Many of these health care practitioners find craniosacral therapy fits easily into their practice and is beneficial and virtually risk-free for people of all ages and most conditions.
Why Craniosacral Therapy helps babies and children
Since Craniosacral Therapy has a direct impact upon the smooth functioning of the brain and spinal cord, its ability to alleviate restrictions and tensions in these areas can create an environment for motoric, sensory and neurological wellness in babies and children which can have life-long benefits.
Research has shown that womb positioning, the birth process, infections and vaccinations can have a strong impact on soft tissue which then affects the central nervous system. Carried out in the delivery room or within weeks of birth, CST can reduce a wide variety of problems with head shape and skull-bone overrides can corrected with the skillful use of craniosacral therapy. School-age children will benefit greatly from regular craniosacral sessions. Areas include Autism, Emotional Problems, Seizures, Cerebal Palsy, Colic, Torticollis, Down’s Syndrome, Hyperactivity, Motor Problems, Pylorospasm, Erb’s Palsy, Failure to thrive Syndromes, Strabismus, Dyslexia, Aphasias, Facial Asymmetries, Spasticity and many others.
How is Craniosacral Therapy performed?
A typical CST session has the client fully clothed lying on a treatment table; this may last anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours. Pillows may be used where appropriate. Using a gentle touch, the therapist evaluates the client using a number of standard CST techniques, including the cranial rhythm or tides, arcing, fascial glide and core link/dural tube. Even initial evaulations can be beneficial for the individual.
Once the therapist evaluates objectively, the client is asked for subjective feedback, prior medical history, hospitalizations, medications, lifestyle habits, etc. This ensures that the therapist is not influenced by prior information or suggestion.
During the session, a multitude of CST techniques are used based on the evaluation phase of the work. Techniques include v-spread, diaphragms, and core link/dural tube for the sacrum/tail bone and frontal, parietal, sphenoid, temporals, and temporal mandibular joint techniques, facilitated segment for the spine and local unwinding techniques for the limbs may be introduced as well.
It is encouraged that prospective client receive at least four to six sessions before making a decision on CST's effectiveness for them and their health.