Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a therapeutic modality which uses gentle, light touch to assess and treat the function of the craniosacral system. The Craniosacral system is a semi-closed hydraulic system and pressure stat model that is made up of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord.
The dural membrane expands and contracts in relation to changes in the pressure of CSF flow. This rhythmic expansion and contraction can be palpated and manipulated with the use of approximately 5 grams of pressure, or the weight of a nickel, to balance and improve the function of the craniosacral system.
The function of the Craniosacral system correlates with and has an influence on physiological processes and other body systems, including the endocrine, lymphatic, musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory and vascular systems. CST may also include Somatic Emotional Release techniques to assist the mind and body to purge the remaining effects and negative energy often associated with trauma. CST assists to promote the body’s natural healing abilities and is considered to be a beneficial technique for preventative health and for various medical diagnoses related to dysfunction and pain, including:
- Migraine Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Motor Coordination Impairments
- Connective Tissue Disorders
- Orthopedic Problems
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Post Surgical Dysfunction
- Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD)
- Stress and Tension Related Problems
- Emotional Difficulties
- Neurovascular Disorders
- Immune Disorders
- Infantile Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
CST assesses and regulates the body’s Cranio-sacral rhythm with a gentle and light touch. This rhythm is produced by the flow of cerebrospinal fluid through the Cranio-sacral system. These techniques are performed to release restrictions in order to promote the body’s natural healing ability and increase central nervous system function. CST is most commonly used for two reasons: One is as a preventative measure to increase the body’s resistance to disease and illness. Second is to treat pain and a variety of medical diagnoses including: acute and chronic pain, headaches, stress, fatigue, circulatory problems, orthopedic problems, brain and spinal cord injury, learning disorders, autism, connective tissue disorders, central nervous system disorders, motor coordination problems, emotional disorders or immune disorders.