Cranio Sacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy (CST) techniques generally use light touch in order to release tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
CST assists in the flow of the fluid in which the brain and spinal cord sit (cerebrospinal fluid). It is this cerebrospinal fluid that helps nourish the central nervous system and removes its waste products: in doing so this optimizes nervous function. Well-functioning nerves can naturally help the body eliminate pain and stress, strengthen resistance to disease, and enhance your health and wellbeing.
As the name suggests, many of the CST techniques are focused around the head and the sacrum (the base of the spine). This is due to the strong attachments of dural membranes which is the tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord and which keeps the cerebrospinal fluid in.
CST techniques have been developed to address bony restrictions and then to use these bones as handles to address membrane restrictions. Once free of restrictions, cerebrospinal fluid moves freely around the brain and spinal cord and can optimize neural function. Other CST techniques can be used on all parts of the body and address other restrictions such as fascial restrictions or emotional restrictions. Emotional release using craniosacral hands on therapy is called Somato-Emotional Release.
What conditions does CST address?
CST can assist with a wide variety of conditions due to its holistic approach of optimising the body’s function. Some common ones are:
- Migraines and headaches
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Stress and tension related disorders
- Motor-co-ordination impairments
- Infant and childhood disorders (eg colic, poor suck reflex)
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
- TMJ syndrome
- Central nervous system disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Orthopaedic problems
Who can benefit from CST?
As it is so gentle and uses the tissues as the main guide to the treatment, CST can be effective for people of all ages – from brand new born babies in the first hours of birth, to the elderly and anyone in between. It is particularly useful for people who tend to have adverse reactions to firmer methods of treatments.
Our Physiotherapist Miriam Bourne specialises in craniosacral therapy.