Cranio Sacral Therapy Prevent a Variety of Conditions According to Toronto Therapists

Craniosacral Therapy Explained
Cranial sacral therapy, or CST as it is often referred to, is a mild non-evasive form of therapy that aids in the release of deep bodily tension to alleviate pain and help to restore a balance to the mind body connection so that the body is better able to heal itself, as well as promoting better overall performance.
CranioSacral practitioners help to monitor, detect and liberate restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system by using a very soft touch that applies only the slightest of pressures. This method of therapy is gaining popularity for its benefits to preventative health care in addition to the effectiveness it has demonstrated when applied to various pain associated disorders.
Craniosacral Therapy Discovered
While assisting with a neck surgery in the early 1970's an osteopathic doctor by the name of John E. Upledger discovered the basis for what was to be known as the craniosacral system. During the surgery Dr. Upledger perceived the rhythmic movement of this system that is comprised of the membrane and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain as well as the spinal cord.
Dr. Upledger examined the research of a maverick in the cranial osteopathic field, Dr. William Sutherland, who during the early 1900's had studied the idea that the bones of the skull were designed to tolerate a certain degree of movement. Dr. Upledger felt that the rhythmic movement he encountered during surgery could have a viable explanation based on the concepts that Dr. Sutherland had theorized.
After years as a clinical researcher and a professor of Biomechanics, Dr. Upledger determined the elucidation of the processes behind the rhythmic movement, identifying the craniosacral system and then continuing on to develop the therapy known as CranioSacral.
Craniosacral Therapy Benefits
The central nervous system which is comprised of the brain and spinal cord is greatly influenced by the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system can become distorted due to body tissues tightening as a direct result of the stresses that the body endures every day when it encounters stress and strain. Tension can form around the brain and the spinal cord creating restrictions that may result in the body's impairment of normal bodily functions that are regulated and influenced by the central nervous system. These restrictions can be revealed and amended using the gentle touch of a CST therapist. The therapist will gently manipulate different spots of the body to assess ease of motion as well as monitoring the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid that pulses around the brain and spinal cord. The soft touch techniques of Craniosacral therapy are then applied to the craniosacral system in order to alleviate any restrictions that may be negatively impacting tissues and creating problems.
As well as empowering the body to better regulate itself and better develop natural recuperation abilities, Craniosacral therapy has been found to have an effective response in many conditions, some of which are:
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Persistent neck and back pain due to injury or strain
  • Central nervous system disorders such as MS
  • Emotional and behavior disorders such as OCD
  • Infant and childhood disorders
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Stress and tension related disorders such as anxiety or PTSD
  • Motor-coordination disabilities like developmental dyspraxia
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Orthopedic impairments like scoliosis
Consulting a Craniosacral therapist to determine if this method of therapy can be used in a wellness program is a step in the right direction for the individual who is interested in achieving and maintaining better overall health.
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