The Craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord. A light touch is used to detect and clear any restrictions within the system, encouraging your own natural healing mechanism to remove the negative effects stress has had on the central nervous system.
Quoting John E. Upledger, D.O., “to utilize craniosacral therapy in diagnosis and treatment requires a particular point of view: that of seeing the individual as an integrated totality.”
*The craniosacral system is intimately related to, influences and is influenced by:
- the nervous system
- the musculoskeletal system
- the vascular system
- the lymphatic system
- the endocrine system
- the respiratory system
“Abnormalities in the structure or function of any of these systems may influence the craniosacral system. Abnormalities in the structure or function of the craniosacral system will necessarily have profound effects upon the development or function of the nervous system, especially the brain.
The craniosacral system provides the “internal milieu” for the development, growth, and functional efficiency of the brain and spinal cord from the time of embryonic formation until death.”
Some practical applications of Craniosacral Therapy:
Restoration of autonomic flexibility ie:nervous system- affecting heart rate and blood pressure, Menieres disease, Asthma – vagus nerve, Bell’s Palsey, Deafness, Headaches, Hypertension, Strokes, Vertigo, Whiplash, Hyperactivity, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Speech disorders, TMJ, Tinnitus, Ocular defects, Torticollis, Sinusitis, etc