CranioSacral Therapy

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

With CranioSacral Therapy, factors that compromise posture and function throughout the body are addressed with equal emphasis to those that appear in the neighbourhood of the cranium. There is, however, a focus around the effect on the head and vertebral column, with their membranous and neurological contents, and their immediate connective tissues – collectively recognised as the craniosacral system. Because it acts on the deepest structures and organs of the nervous system, CranioSacral Therapy influences motor, pain and coordination mechanisms, the digestive system, the respiratory system, heart function and the endocrine system.

Where ‘CranioSacral Therapy’ originated from as a treatment

Craniosacral therapy developed from the work of an American osteopath, Dr William Sutherland in the early 1900s. CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. Find out more about the development of the therapy.

The Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy

Some of the conditions successfully worked on with craniosacral therapy are:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Back pain
  • Birth trauma
  • Bronchitis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Colic
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Drug withdrawal
  • Dyslexia
  • Exhaustion
  • Fall or injury
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Hyperactivity
  • Immune system disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy
  • Menstrual pain, PMS
  • Migraine
  • Post-operative conditions
  • Problems during and after pregnancy
  • Re-integration after accidents
  • Sciatica
  • Sinusitis
  • Spinal curvatures
  • Sports injuries
  • Stress related illnesses
  • Tinnitus and middle ear problems
  • TMJ (jaw) disorders
  • Visual disturbances
  • Whiplash injuries

Find out more at the the Upledger Institute, UK, or the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK.

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