< Back to Physical Therapies

Make an Appointment

Craniosacral Therapy

Headaches/Migraines, Jaw Unwinding, Aches/Pains, Infants

Craniosacral Therapy or CST is an osteopathic technique working with the nervous system to relax the muscles and realign bones.

Other treatments work with either the muscles or the bones, hoping that the nervous system where all your postural patterns are held get the idea. But the results may not be as long-lasting nor as comprehensive as the nervous system never really takes up the change.

Craniosacral Therapy works with the source of your pain, gently and effectively. This treatment reduces activity of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response), reducing physical & mental stress, joints and spine, muscles and what they attach to.

Your practitioner has skilled palpation so can work gently with your spine, head, joints, often along neural pathways to feel for restrictions or changes in normal movement and function in the body. From one location the practitioner can track other areas connected to the site of imbalance - the whole postural strain pattern. Then he / she works with these areas to affect a real and lasting change in your posture, reducing pain and relieving your symptoms.

Extensive research has been done into the benefits of CST. It can, for example, realign structural imbalances, reduce mental, visual, and aural disturbances, improve endocrine function and fluid exchange in the body. Fantastic for relieving sinusitis & jaw tension. Realigns spine & provides relief from disc compression and back pain.

It is an Osteopathic-developed modality developed by Dr William Sutherland in 1892, which monitors functioning of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord & the fluid system which encloses both) for any restrictions or unusual movement in the dynamics between fluid, bones, and membranous tensions in the body.

It is important to note that because CST works with the whole strain pattern your practitioner may work with areas that are not in pain, for example, a pelvic imbalance can trigger chronic and unresolvable neck pain and headaches. To resolve your symptoms we work wholistically as we view the body as a single integrated unit.

Any disturbance in the Craniosacral Rhythm through muscle tension or trauma (such as an accident, a fall, or blow) can cause imbalance in distant parts of the body.

The most common disruption is with the sphenoid bone and the jaw (as the major moving bone of the skull). Poor positioning can result in a variety of conditions and ailments, such as: facial pain (neuralgia), depression, chronic neck pain, headaches, migraines etc.

TSOW-Cranio1c.jpg

Benefits

  • Migraines | Headaches
  • Joint | Low Back | Neck pain
  • Pelvic imbalances
  • Jaw tension | TMJ dysfunction
  • Pregnancy | Post-birth
  • Newborns | Crying | Sleep problems | Wind
  • Menstrual & Menopausal imbalances
  • Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)
  • Rehabilitation post-accident or illness (including heart complaints)
  • Joint or Disc compression or subluxation
  • Stress - physical & emotional
  • Sleeplessness | Insomnia | Disturbed Sleep Pattern
  • Traumatic brain & spinal cord injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Learning Difficulties

When do I see a Craniosacral Therapist?

CST is especially good for chronic or recurrent complaints such as knee, back, shoulder, neck pain, headaches or migraines as it works at the core where poor postural patterns are held.

Suppressed emotion can also cause physical pain & diseases, CST helps you to process the tension this has created in your body without major catharsis, crisis, or crying and at your pace.

History of Craniosacral Therapy

CST was developed by Dr William Sutherland, American Doctor of Osteopathy in 1892. Dr Sutherland realised the cranial bones allow small amounts of movement. And these movements were driven by the flow of cerebrospinal fluid up & down the spine & around the brain. This wave motion is the Craniosacral Rhythm.

All body functions & structures - hormones, digestive, muscles, bones, teeth, walking etc - move in harmony with this central fluid movement. At death the movement of cerebrospinal fluid continues after brain activity & heartbeat has ceased.