Craniosacral Therapy Armadale

cranial-sacralCraniosacral Therapy (CST) complements traditional physiotherapy and focuses on the central nervous system.

It provides treatment for many chronic, traumatic and neurological ailments which can be difficult to treat with traditional clinical practices.

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a natural form of light touch therapy that works with the body, rather than forcefully imposing changes on it.  In fact it has been described as treatment from the “inside out” (which is patient driven) as compared to other forms of manual treatments, which have an approach that results in treatment being administered from the “outside inwards” (which is therapist driven).

CST focuses on enhancing the function of the craniosacral system. This system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area. The craniosacral system thus provides the environment in which the central nervous system functions. As the brain produces and then absorbs the cerebrospinal fluid, a gentle rhythmical movement can be felt throughout the body. This is referred to as the CranioSacral Rhythm.   This rhythm is used diagnostically to determine the state of the CranioSacral System. Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction in it could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disturbances.

How is CranioSacral Therapy performed ?

The CST technique is performed on a person fully clothed.

Using roughly 5 grams of light touch pressure (the weight of a 10c piece), the CST practitioner evaluates the craniosacral system to determine if there are any restrictions or imbalances. By placing their hands on the tissues and bones that make up the craniosacral system, the CST practitioner essentially helps the body release these restrictions (which it has been unable to overcome on its own), thus facilitating the body’s normal self-correcting tendencies. Rather than deciding how these corrective changes should be made, the therapist follows cues from the body on how to proceed, making this gentle approach extremely safe. The result is a central nervous system that is free of restrictions and a body that is able to return to its greatest levels of performance.

Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy

CST has been shown to alleviate a range of conditions including:

  • Migraine headaches therapy
  • TMJ disorders / Jaw pain
  • Orthopedic disorders
  • Chronic fatigue therapy
  • Chronic neck & back pain therapy
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Emotional, stress & tension-related problems
  • Brain & spinal cord injuries
  • Infant & childhood disorders therapy

While the focus of CST is to uncover the source of the problem, symptom relief is also achieved.  Due to its gentleness and effectiveness, many people include CST as a component of their personal wellness program. They report having more energy, sleeping better, feeling more calm and balanced and being sick less often.

How long does treatment last?

Treatment usually lasts one hour in the adult and half an hour in children.  The number of sessions needed is extremely variable and depends among other factors, on the complex layers of injury and trauma that may mask the original cause of the problem as well as the body’s defence mechanisms.  An average of four sessions is recommended.

The Foundations of CranioSacral Therapy.

The original concepts for what is now known as craniosacral system were put forward by the Osteopathic physician William Sutherland in the early part of the 19th century. Dr Sutherland’s studies culminated into a system of treatment called Cranial Osteopathy.

Another osteopath, John E Upledger, is credited with developing CranioSacral Therapy. While assisting during a spinal surgery in 1970, Dr Upledger 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. 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 research 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’s continued work resulted in the development of CranioSacral Therapy, and he is known today as an authority in this field. In 1985 Dr Upledger formed the Upledger Institute to educate the public and healthcare practitioners about the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy. The Institute has now trained well over 60 000 healthcare practitioners world-wide in the use of CranioSacral Therapy.

What is SomatoEmotional Release (SER)?

SER may from part of the CranioSacral Therapy process.

Have you ever had a physical injury that seemed to plague you long after the site had healed? That’s not as unusual as you might think. Even when CranioSacral Therapy releases restrictions in body tissues, sometimes a release of emotional energy is necessary to fully discharge a trauma. In those cases, the CranioSacral Therapist may gently facilitate a SomatoEmotional Release.

Research conducted in the late 70’s by Dr Upledger and biophysicist Dr Zvi Karni led to the discovery that the body often retains the emotional imprint of physical trauma. These imprints, especially of intense feeling that may have occurred at the time of injury – anger, fear, resentment – leave residues in the body in areas called ‘energy cysts’. Although you can adapt to energy cysts, over time your body needs extra energy to continue performing its day to day functions. Then as years pass and the body becomes more stressed, it can lose its ability to adapt. That’s when symptoms and dysfunctions begin to appear and become difficult to suppress or ignore.

Through SomatoEmotional Release, the therapist engages in imaging and dialoguing techniques that can guide the patient through an otherwise challenging encounter with long-held emotions.  The patient does not need to analyse the problem to release it. Often the body will spontaneously return to the same position it was in when the injury was first sustained. As this occurs, the therapist can feel the tissues of the body relax as the energy cyst is expelled. The body is then free to return to its optimal levels of functioning.

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