CranioSacral Therapy

Several massage therapists at the Muscle Therapy & Acupuncture Center have had specialized training in CranioSacral Therapy.  This unique technique was developed by osteopathic physician and researcher John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M.

The craniosacral 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.
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 disabilties.  These problems could include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor or neurological disabilities, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities and other health challenges.

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. You also benefit from better overall health and resistance to disease.

How is CranioSacral Therapy Performed?
The CranioSacral Theapy practitioner uses a light touch – generally no more than the weight of a nickel – to test for restrictions in the craniosacral system. This is done by monitioring the rhythm of the cerbrospinal fluid as it flows throught the system.

While experienced clinicians can detect that motion anywhere on your body, they can most easily feel it at the skull, sacrum and coccyx.  These bones attach to the membranes that enclose the cerebrospinal fluid.

The positive effects of CranioSacral Therapy rely to a large extent on your body’s natural self-corrective activities.  The therapist’s light, hands-on approach simply assists the hydraulic forces inherent in the craniosacral system to improve your body’s internal environment –  and strengthen its ability to heal itself.

What Conditions Does CranioSacral Therapy Address?
CranioSacral Therapy strengthens your body’s ability to take better care of you.  It helps alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including:

Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Motor – Coordination Impairments
Stress – and Tension – Related Problems
Infantile Disorders
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Chronic Fatigue
Scoliosis
Central Nervous System Disorders
Emotional Difficulties
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Learning Disabilities
Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder
Orthopedic Problems
And Many Other Conditions

Cost
This treatment lasts approximately 50 minutes, and the fee is $ 55.00.

Resources
In the decades since his initial research, Dr. Upledger has written three textbooks that detail the functioning of the craniosacral system.  He has also written two books explaining CranioSacral Therapy to the public:
Your Inner Physician and You and A Brain is Born:
Exploring the Birth and Development of the Central
Nervous System.

Available for purchase at the Clinic:

Device     The Still Point Device developed by Dr. John Upledger      $21.95

This important device is placed under the head at the base of the occiput. Laying on it for 10 minutes each day, allows anyone to help make corrections in their own CranioSacral System right at home.

See your CranioSacral therapist to find out if this device would be safe and effective for you to use.  Some restrictions apply.