Living with Persistent Pain? Find Relief with CranioSacral Therapy
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on form of manual therapy that focuses on evaluating and enhancing the craniosacral system of the body. The craniosacral system is made up of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects your brain and spinal cord.
As stated by the Upledger Institute International, this impressive form of therapy was created by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger after several extensive scientific studies from the years of 1975-1983.
With CST, a physical therapist uses gentle pressure to release pain and tensions deep in the body and regulate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid.
In fact, the touch is so gentle, that the pressure is typically no more than 5 grams – roughly the weight of a nickel. This makes CranioSacral Therapy ideal for those living with severe conditions that leave them feeling constantly uncomfortable.
If you are interested in learning more about CranioSacral Therapy and how it can benefit you or a loved one in need, contact us today to schedule a consultation at Evolving Gait Physical Therapy.
CranioSacral Therapy, defined
The Upledger Institute International defines CranioSacral Therapy as follows:
“CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system, which has been shown to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, as well as many other systems of the body, such as digestive, musculoskeletal, respiratory, circulatory, and more. CST has also been shown to help with the physical components related to such somatic conditions as Post Traumatic Stress, depression and anxiety.”
If you are living with a condition that is causing you pain or discomfort, it is likely that CranioSacral Therapy can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and see if this state-of-the-art form of treatment is right for you!
How does CranioSacral Therapy work?
CranioSacral Therapy can be used to treat a vast array of pain and discomfort. It works by normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord, which enhances the body’s natural ability to heal and self-correct.
Therefore, this technique can be used to treat both acute and chronic pain alike. Whether you are recovering from a sports injury, surgical procedure, chronic arthritis, stroke, or neurological impairment, CST may be a benefit to you.
There is a vast range of conditions that CranioSacral Therapy has been known to manage and treat. These include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic neck and back pain.
- Orthopedic problems.
- Migraine headaches.
- Motor-coordination impairments.
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Central nervous system disorders.
- Neurovascular or immune disorders.
- Post-surgical dysfunction.
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ).
- Infantile disorders.
- Learning disabilities.
- Emotional difficulties.
- Stress and tension-related problems.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Fibromyalgia and other connective tissue disorders.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
How can CranioSacral Therapy help me?
At our clinic, we are proud to offer CranioSacral Therapy for any patient that our physical therapists believe could benefit from it. Your body endures daily stresses and strains that, with time, can cause tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause restrictions in the brain or spinal cord if tensions continue to form.
Fortunately, our licensed physical therapists can detect and prevent such restrictions through a craniosacral evaluation. He or she will gently touch various locations of your body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around your brain and spinal cord. This will determine whether or not CranioSacral Therapy should be a part of your physical therapy plan.
Since CranioSacral Therapy is so effective in complementing the body’s natural healing process, it has successfully treated current conditions and acted as a preventative treatment to avoid the risk of certain conditions occurring.
Therefore, there are a wide range of patients that CranioSacral Therapy can help. If you are living with discomfort in your life, don’t settle for your limitations any longer – take a stand against your pain and schedule a consultation to find out if you would be a candidate for this safe, effective, and comfortable form of therapy.
If you are suffering from an injury or underlying condition that is causing you discomfort, contact us today. We will schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated physical therapists to determine whether or not CranioSacral Therapy would benefit you!