Craniosacral therapy (CST) originated from the American osteopath, Dr. William Sutherland, in the 1900s. Its rapid worldwide expansion is largely thanks to the dedication and work of John E. Upledger who founded the Upledger Institute in 1985 to teach CST.
The craniosacral system is composed of cerebrospinal fluid enclosed by cranial meninges which also extend down the spinal canal anchored by bony attachments. As cerebrospinal fluid circulates in and out of the craniosacral system, it creates a physiologic pulse similar to the cardiac rhythm. This craniosacral rhythm travels along the interconnected fascia to all parts of the body. Trauma to the craniosacral system may cause dysfunction and inhibit range of motion.
CST is a delicate, noninvasive technique that releases restrictions and restores the natural craniosacral rhythm, allowing the entire body to heal.
What conditions does craniosacral therapy help?
Wide-ranging conditions can often be helped such as:
- Anxiety, Depression, Emotional Difficulties
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Chronic Pain Syndromes
- Digestion problem
- Facial Pain
- Healthy Baby/Healthy Mother Programs
- Insomnia (sleep disorder)
- Jaw Pain and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
- Menstrual pain
- Neck and Back Pain, Sciatica
- Orthopedic Problems
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
- Recent Injuries
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems
- Wellness Visits
- and many others
How does CST help babies and children?
Since the craniosacral system has a direct impact upon the smooth functioning of the brain and spinal cord, it is easy to see how restrictions and tensions in these areas can create a multitude of motoric, sensory and neurological impairments in babies and children.
Research has shown that womb positioning and the birth process itself has a very strong impact on the central nervous system. Carried out in the delivery room or within weeks of delivery, CST can often reduce a wide variety of problems, many of which may not be noticed by conventional medicine until children start showing delays in their developmental milestones or reach their school years. School-age children can benefit greatly as well from regular craniosacral work. Even problems with head shape and skull-bone overrides can be corrected with the skillful use of craniosacral therapy.
Conditions such as the following can be helped with CST:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder /
Attention Deficit Disorder
- Behavioral Disorders / Emotional Problems
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chronic ear infections
- Digestive/Elimination issues
- Down Syndrome
- Erb’s Palsy
- Eye-Motor Coordination Problems
- Failure-to-thrive syndromes
- Hearing problems
- Learning difficulties, Dyslexia
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Poor sucking
- Sensory Integration issues
- Sleeping problems
- Speech delay
- Torticollis (only turning the head to one side)
- and many others