What is CranioSacral Therapy
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
- Migraine Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Orthopedic Problems
- Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Infantile Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Chronic Fatigue
- Emotional Difficulties
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems
- Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Post-Surgical Dysfunction
Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy for Babies and Children
CST is a safe effective therapy for infants and children as well as adults. The birth process can lead to restrictions in the baby that may be carried throughout life.
CST evaluation after birth
A CST evaluation and treatment soon after birth can minimize or release such restriction…
Symptoms such as:
- feeding problems,
- sucking problems
- behavioural problems
- Digestive problems
- Babies who seem unsettled
- General tension in baby after birth process
Parents are often amazed by the sudden and dramatic change in a baby’s symptoms.
Babies can’t speak but that doesn’t mean you can’t communicate with them. When a therapist connects with a baby they come to appreciate what things are like for that baby and interacting with them using CranioSacral therapy plays a big part in making the treatment effective.
Wide range of conditions
CST is effective for a wide range of conditions in children and adolescents as well. Childhood and adolescent conditions which have responded well to CranioSacral therapy include: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), autism, adolescent withdrawal, fears and phobias, bed-wetting and asthma.
Treatment of young children can be helpful in preventing issues arising later in life. A baby does not have to be presenting with a health issue to benefit from a CST treatment. Depression, migraine, sinusitis, spinal and pelvic pain and some psychological conditions are among the issues that can sometimes be traced back to what happened at birth.
All babies can benefit from a CranioSacral evaluation and treatment as soon as possible after birth. Children and their families should continue to receive CST periodically throughout childhood as they adapt to the process of growing up.