More than 70 years ago, the concept of the CranioSacral system as a physiological phenomenon, was recognized. It is, in short, a dynamic activity, involving the cranial bones, (the teeth included) meningeal membranes, cerebrospinal fluid, the intracranial vascular system, bodily fluid movement, and the function of the total body connective tissue.
So, what does that all mean? In short, we have a cranium (skull) and a sacrum (bone at the end of the spine) amongst others, of course. In between the cranium and the sacrum, is the backbone (vertebral column). Inside the cranium, is the brain, and inside the backbone, is the spinal cord. Surrounding the brain and the spinal cord, is a "bag" of tissues, the meninges, which protects the brain. Inside this bag, is cerebrospinal fluid, which is produced within the CranioSacral system. This entire system works a bit like a semi-closed hydraulic system, expanding and contracting with a rhythmical pressure fluctuation. The expansion and contraction is palpable throughout the body, including the cranial bones.
By palpating the CranioSacral rhythm, the practitioner is able to detect fascial contractions and imbalances in the rhythm, and through gentle pressure application, assist the body in releasing tensions and imbalances. CranioSacral therapy is thus used to detect and correct imbalances in the CranioSacral system, which may be the cause of sensory, motor or neurological dysfunction.
CranioSacral therapy has been successful in treating headaches, neck and back pain, chronic fatigue, "jaw grinding" motor co-ordination difficulties, eye problems as well as central nervous system dis-orders. Relaxation is enhanced, to promote a general sense of wellbeing.
BODY FASCIA plays an integral role in CranioSacral therapy. It is a continuous slightly mobile sheath of connective tissue almost like an inner body stocking which can cause discomfort and dis-ease should it in any way suffer from loss of mobility. Gentle release facilitates mobility and relaxation of the entire body. New born babies, especially those delivered by Caesarean section, often present with colic or reflux, and poor sleep patterns. CranioSacral's gentle manipulation techniques are often successful in releasing the baby's fascial tension, and seldom is a second treatment required.
CranioSacral therapy was developed by Dr John Upledger DO. OMM.
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