How Craniosacral Therapy Works:
The Craniosacral System plays the vital role of maintaining the environment in which the central nervous system functions. It consists of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord as well as the attached bones. This includes the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, and also the tailbone area, or sacrum.
Dr. Upledger’s curiosity led him to the work of Dr. Sutherland, and later to develop his own scientific studies to confirm the existence of the Craniosacral System. This work went on from 1975 to 1983, while he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University. The findings of the research team he supervised established the scientific basis for the Craniosacral System. Dr. Upledger formed The Upledger Institute in 1985 to educate the public and healthcare practitioners of the use of Craniosacral System.
Since the brain and spinal cord are contained within the central nervous system, it is easy to see that the Craniosacral System has powerful influence over a wide variety of bodily functions.
The Craniosacral practitioner works with the client to assist the body’s self-correcting mechanisms. The practitioner essentially helps the body release restrictions, which it has been unable to overcome on its own. The practitioner does this by evaluating the flow of the craniosacral rhythm of the body. Generally using about five grams of pressure, or about the weight of a nickel, to release the restrictions, results in the connective tissue softening and bringing the body back into harmony and alignment.
• Any and all Head Injuries
• Migraines and Headaches
• Motor Coordination Impairments
• TMJ Syndrome
• Chronic neck and Back Pain
• Birth Trauma and Infantile Disorders
• Chronic Fatigue
Conditions that have responded well to CST:
• Surgery Recovery
• Relief of Stress
• Learning Disabilities
• Orthopedic Problems
• Central Nervous System Disorders
The original craniosacral concepts came from osteopathic physician William Sutherland. In 1970, another osteopath, Dr. John Upledger, while assisting in a surgery, observed a rhythmic movement of the dura mater, the membrane that encompasses the brain and spinal cord. Neither his colleagues nor medical texts could explain his observation.