Stemming from the work of Dr William Sutherland - the pioneer of cranial osteopathy - at the start of the 20th century, craniosacral therapy (CST) was developed by American osteopath John E. Upledger, who was Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of
treatment, which involves a practitioner applying very light touch to
the body (usually no greater than 5 grams) to evaluate and enhance the
functioning of a body system called the craniosacral system. The craniosacral
system comprises the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround
and protect the brain and spinal cord, extending from the skull down
to the tailbone. The practitioner’s goal is to release restrictions
in this system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
Please note that although craniosacral therapy is related to cranial
osteopathy, craniosacral practitioners are not trained as osteopaths.
Serious head injuries and conditions such as internal bleeding, elevated
pressure or an aneurysm are indicators against having craniosacral therapy.
It is common for patients to feel mild discomfort and or a temporary
worsening of symptoms after treatment. There is also a possibility that
treatment can increase the effects of medicines for diabetes and epilepsy.
Being very gentle, non invasive and non drug based, CST is suitable for babies, children, those with acute pain and the elderly, as well as during pregnancy. Designed to complement the body’s own natural healing process, CST is often used as a preventative health measure. Successful treatment has been reported in a wide range of conditions, both acute and chronic. These include arthritis, asthma, back pain, bronchitis, colic, epression, digestive disorders, frozen shoulder, hyperactivity, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, menstrual pain, migraine, sciatica, sinusitis, spinal curvatures, sports injuries, stress, tinnitus, jaw disorders and whiplash.
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