CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle method of bodywork that aims to improve the function of the nervous system by balancing tension patterns in the body.
CST focuses on the craniosacral system. This system is comprised of the meninges (or membranous connective tissues) and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), both of which surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The creation and movement of the CSF along the brain and spinal cord creates a craniosacral rhythm. During CST, this rhythm is assessed for any restrictions in the skull, spine, or fascia. Light touch is used to release any restrictions or tension, allowing effective function of the cranial and spinal nerves as well as increased fluid flow to cells and tissues.
CranioSacral Therapy is utilized with patients of all ages, but is especially beneficial for pediatric patients. Even the most natural birth is stressful on the skull and spine of newborns. Because CST is so gentle (only using 5 grams of pressure), it can be safely performed within the first few days of life.
Conditions commonly addressed with CST:
· Chronic pain
· Neck, shoulder, and back pain
· Headaches and migraines
· TMJ syndrome
· Stress and tension-related disorders
· Poor latch/breast feeding difficulties in infants
· Birth trauma in newborns