Craniosacral therapy is a gentle manual therapy that addresses a broad range of health concerns. Many clients find it deeply relaxing and restorative. It’s a safe and effective therapy at any stage of recovery. It’s even safe for babies and children who have experienced trauma including birth trauma.
Treatment by your craniosacral therapist will emphasize listening for the health and quality of the Craniosacral rhythm. By listening and understanding your unique rhythm your therapist will then encourage the most robust and fluid expression of your rhythm. Improved quality and movement of your craniosacral rhythm is directly tied to your health and wellness. Each session includes both listening and gentle manipulation of the Craniosacral system via key points in the body including the head and sacrum (found in the back of the pelvis).
Who can benefit?
The healing and relaxing effects of Craniosacral therapy can help support those with:
- Neck and Back pain
- Migraine and stress headaches
- Tension related problems: stress, emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety
- Scoliosis and postural dysfunctions
- Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord injuries: Concussion and Post-Concussion syndrome
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Jaw pain, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD)
- Dental and Orthodontic problems
- Chronic Fatigue, Insomnia
- Post-surgical dysfunction
What is happening during treatment?
When the body is impacted by trauma either physical, emotional or long term micro injury, the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord can be affected. The membrane that encloses the brain and spinal cord is called the dura. Adhesions and restrictions in the dura and related tissues will alter the flow of the Craniosacral rhythm. Your therapist can feel these changes in the craniosacral rhythm and assesses the craniosacral movement during the listening phase of your treatment.
Using gentle touch, the tension and restrictions in the dura surrounding the brain and spinal cord are eased allowing improvement in blood and lymph circulation as well as more normal functioning of the nerve tissue is restored. Often the client experiences a feeling of relaxation and wellness.
Treating the restrictions in the cranium (skull) is achieved by gently guiding the bones forming the cranium into a position of ease. Restrictions throughout the spinal cord and sacrum are also assessed and treated by gentle touch. Further evaluation of the Craniosacral rhythm can be observed via the pelvis, legs, feet, and arms.
What to expect during your first appointment?
During your treatment for craniosacral therapy, you can remain fully clothed the entire time. There are some instances when your therapist will recommend additional treatment which may include massage therapy. A combination of massage therapy and craniosacral therapy will typically require a one-hour appointment.
To book your craniosacral session please reach us via our online booking https://jockvalemassageandphysio.janeapp.com/#/staff_member/1 or call (613)825-3837.