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CranioSacral Therapy

Releases deep tension and enhances your body’s natural healing ability

What is it?

Your central nervous system, including the cerebrospinal fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord, play a large role in your general health and well-being. CranioSacral Therapy is a form of bodywork that involves gentle application of force in specific directions to the bones of the head, spinal column, and sacrum. This therapy seeks to restore the natural position of these bones, eliminate restrictions, decrease stress from chronic injuries, improve the functioning of your central nervous system, and enhance your body’s natural healing ability.

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive approach to release tension deep in your body to relieve pain, stress, dysfunction, and improve whole body health and performance.

How does it help patients?

Using a light touch — starting with about the weight of a nickel — our physical therapist or clinical massage therapist locates and releases restrictions within your body, which can affect major changes in both your physical and emotional well-being and allow your entire body to relax and self-correct.

By freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, CranioSacral Therapy’s reported benefits:

  • Eliminates pain and stress

  • Strengthens resistance to disease

  • Enhances overall feeling of well-being

  • Increases fluid exchange and range of motion

  • Releases blockages and negative “stress response” patterns

  • Clears restrictions in fascial tissue

  • Enhances your body’s own natural healing abilities

Because it’s so gentle, CranioSacral Therapy has proven effective for patients of all ages, from newborns to children to elders.

What conditions does it treat?

CranioSacral Therapy can be an effective tool for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Headaches and TMJ disorder

  • Chronic neck and back pain

  • Stress and muscle tension

  • Impaired motor coordination

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Scoliosis

  • Central nervous system disorders

  • Learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

How do we perform it?

We use gentle touch to evaluate your cranial and spinal bones and monitor the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid flowing around your central nervous system. By using our hands to carefully “listen” for areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, we attempt to trace areas of dysfunction to the source of your problem. We will then apply light pressure to any problem areas detected to release restrictions or blockages. We may also support your arms, legs, and spine while helping your body release tension.