Is Craniosacral Therapy Right for You?
Do you suffer from:
- Vision problems?
- Orthodontic pain?
- Tinnitis (ringing in ears)?
- Abnormal blood pressure?
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
- What is craniosacral therapy?
To understand craniosacral therapy it is critical to understand the anatomy of the skull or cranium, vertebral column and the nervous system, which the skeleton protects. A lining membrane called the meninges intimately surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Protecting these structures is the bony skull, which sits on top of the 24 vertebrae. At the end of the vertebrae is the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae) where the end of the meningeal lining is attached.
The brain produces a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid, which fills up the meningeal lining. This expanded meningeal lining is similar to a balloon filling up with water and, when full, the fluid is removed. This expansion and contraction of the meningeal lining expands the overlying cranium, which expands at flex joints between the bones called sutures. In conjunction with the cranial movement, the spine has an undulating wave movement, as does the sacrum at the terminus of the spine where it comes in contact with the pelvis.
The objective of craniosacral therapy/movement is to achieve full, symmetrical cranial expansion and contraction with free movement of the sacrum. Restricted movement due to trauma, abnormal muscle contraction or structural imbalances is what craniosacral work attempts to correct through light manual therapy, which finds where movement is restricted and gently guides movement to free up any restrictions. Ultimately, freed movement of the cranium, vertebral column and sacrum will normalize blood, lymphatic and nerve impulse flow to and from the brain and in and out of the spinal cord. To attain correct full-body structural alignment, it is necessary to achieve free and symmetrical movement of the craniosacral system.
What Is Craniosacral Therapy?
To understand what craniosacral therapy is, it helps to have a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the meninges (a.k.a. dura) and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
The brain and spinal cord are protected by the bony cranium and vertebral column. Under the skeletal covering, surrounding the brain and cord, is the meningal covering or dura-a membrane enclosing the central nervous system, which contains a fluid bathing the brain and cord. This fluid provides nutrition, waste removal, shock absorption and a medium for neurotransmitters.
The brain intermittently produces cerebrospinal fluid, which expands the meningeal covering like a balloon filling with water. The cranium also expands when the meningeal lining is filled; many bones composing the cranium have flexible joints called suture joints, which allow for expansion and contraction. When this movement is compromised it leads to pinched nerves, compromised blood flow and nervous system dysfunction due to CSF congestion. A trained practitioner of cranial therapy or osteoplasty can monitor for symmetry and fullness of this movement.
At the bottom of the spine is the sacrum, which has a characteristic movement that must be synchronous with cranial movement. If the sacrum and cranium are not free to move together, they will adversely affect each other and the spine. Impingements, restrictions or trauma anywhere within the cranial-sacral system affect the rest of the system. Subsequently, the entire central nervous system is compromised.
How Does Craniosacral Therapy Work?
Craniosacral therapy involves gentle manipulation of the cranium and/or sacrum, which frees up restriction of the bones and sutures and vanquishes abnormal stress in the meningeal lining.
Who Benefits from Craniosacral Therapy?
People suffering from chronic headaches, vision problems, TMJ, orthodontic problems, overall structural issues, tinnitis, or dizziness have benefited greatly from cranial sacral therapy.
Schedule an Appointment
To arrange for craniosacral therapy, or to learn more about its many benefits, contact Natural Horizons Wellness Centers at 1-877-292-1571.