What is Craniosacral Therapy ?
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle technique used to release the tissues deep in the body, such as the tissues that envelope the spinal cord and brain in a tube-like fashion.
These surrounding tissues are referred to as the dura. The dura will tighten following trauma (either physical or emotional) causing a dysfunction which cascades throughout the whole craniosacral system(brain, spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid and dura).
The dysfunction can be detected by your therapist and once the tissues are released the dysfunction in the craniosacral system is removed.
What is the Craniosacral Rhythm?
A unique flow of fluid (called cerebrospinal fluid) into and out of the spaces or cavities (called sinuses) in the brain creates a rhythm of movement. An outward movement of the cranium can be felt as the fluid fills these spaces and pushes outward. The opposing inward movement of the cranium can be felt as fluid recedes and empties from the same cavities.
While the movement is initiated at the head, the rhythm can be felt through the body (e.g. feet, shins, hips, shoulders). This rhythm is called the craniosacral rhythm and it’s the features of the rhythm (including quality, amplitude, rate, symmetry, and smoothness of movement) that helps the therapist to detect problems in the system. Any dysfunction in the craniosacral rhythm actually alters the rhythm and can then be corrected with gentle manipulation.
How Craniosacral Therapy Can Benefit You?
The benefits of this very relaxing technique are a result of easing the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
- Adhesions of the dura and irritation of the nerves exiting the cranium are reduced.
- Restriction of the blood vessels exiting and entering the cranium are eased
- Tensions throughout the whole dura surrounding the craniosacral system are released.
Just as these dysfunctions can be felt throughout the body via the craniosacral system the relief found from releasing these restriction is noticeable too.
A long list of conditions can be treated or positively affected with craniosacral therapy. Here are just a few…
Headaches and Migraines
Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction
Low back pain
To book a craniosacral appointment please ask for Irene.