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Craniosacral Therapy is a whole body, hands-on treatment technique that is used to evaluate and enhance the function of the Craniosacral System.

Therapists utilize a light touch to assess tissues and release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the Central Nervous System to help facilitate the body’s natural healing process. Craniosacral therapy has been shown to assist with relieving pain and assisting with a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.

What is the Craniosacral System?

The Craniosacral system is a semi-closed hydraulic system contained within the dura mater surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It is responsible for the production, circulation, and reabsorption of cerebrospinal fluid, which is the fluid that nourishes the central nervous system. As the fluid is produced and reabsorbed, it creates a rhythmical motion, similar to a pulse, that with proper training and palpation skills, can be felt at the skull and throughout the body.

What our Craniosacral Therapists will do:

Craniosacral trained therapists use light touch to evaluate craniosacral rhythm using a whole body approach to help identify areas of tissue adhesions or restrictions. When non-synchronous rhythm or poor quality rhythm is noted it can indicate tissue restriction. Through light touch techniques, craniosacral therapists are able to release tissue tightness and improve atypical tension patterns throughout the body without evoking resistance. By gently working throughout the body, movement of cerebrospinal fluid improves, fascial restrictions release, and muscle tension improves. This facilitates the body’s natural healing process to improve the body’s ability to self heal. This helps to alleviate pain and tightness throughout the body. Working in relationship with the body’s natural craniosacral rhythm helps to support and nourish the central nervous system to improve overall health and well being.

What should I expect and how will I feel?

Craniosacral therapy is typically a calming and relaxing treatment technique. Your therapist will likely have you laying in a comfortable position in a quiet room. Sessions typically last 45-60 minutes. The therapist will perform light touch treatment techniques throughout your body including your feet, pelvis, and chest. Majority of the treatment is focused at the head and the sacrum in order to facilitate healing at each end of the craniosacral system.

Many patients report feeling calm and relaxed following a treatment session. It is not uncommon to feel tired during or following a session. Some patients will experience an emotional response with treatment. Each person’s individual response will vary. Patients are encouraged to avoid strenuous exercise and drink plenty of water following treatments.

How many therapy sessions will I need?

The number of sessions needed varies widely from individual to individual and based on condition. Each person has a unique response to treatment. Sessions needed can vary from just one session to multiple over a few weeks.

What type of conditions is Craniosacral Therapy used for?

Migraines & Headaches

Motor Coordination Impairment

Central Nervous System Disorders

Fibromyalgia

Connective Tissue Disorders

Chronic Neck & Back Pain

Orthopedic Problems

Concussions & TBIs

Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)

Spinal Cord Injuries

Scoliosis

Post-Operative Care

Sports Injuries