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Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on technique that releases pain and tension in the body. It’s traditionally performed at the base of the skull, at the occipital area of the cranium (your skull). Craniosacral therapists are trained to facilitate the cebrospinal fluid flow and restore the craniosacral rhythm. The cerebrospinal fluid is the fluid that carries nutrients to the brain and central nervous system. This fluid contains vital nourishment for your entire central nervous system. The central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) becomes the peripheral nervous system when the nerves exit the spine and innervate the body (limbs etc). This holistic treatment was pioneered by Dr. Upledger, an osteopathic physician who was a professor of biomechanics at Michigan State University.
This gentle hands-on therapy feels like a very relaxing, meditative massage. It relieves pressure at the base of the skull, and patients often report feeling lighter after a treatment. Craniosacral work has been used to successfully treat patients that have suffered trauma, such as a car accident, domestic abuse, PTSD, sexual abuse, headaches, migraines, TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), Lyme disease, and tongue-tie. Infants benefit from this technique as it is very gentle and can calm their nervous system so that they can breastfeed, reduce colic, decrease reflux, and sleep better. Women suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction benefit from this technique as the dura mater (thick, fibrous tissue at the base of the skull) attaches to the sacrum (the bone that is part of the pelvis). Pulling at this thick, tough, tight connective tissue can cause problems in the pelvic floor, such as urinary incontinence, pain, tension, constipation, or diarrhea. It is an excellent reliever of stress and tension. Holistic therapies such as these can be performed by a massage therapist, physical therapist, or osteopathic physician.
Craniosacral therapy can also be a preventative measure to boost the body’s immune system and reduce stress before it brews into something worse. Toxins circulate in the cerebrospinal fluid and can be eliminated by a craniosacral practitioner so that they do not fester into a cascade of inflammatory processes. Autoimmune disease sufferers love craniosacral therapy as this is a gentle, effective way to reduce inflammation in that is rampant all over the body. Restoring the craniosacral rhythm (the natural flow of the cerebral spinal fluid flows at 6-10 “beats” per minute) stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is the “rest and digest” nervous system that allows the immune system to work. The sympathetic nervous system is the “flight or fight” nervous system that, when stimulated, suppresses immune function. Craniosacral therapy, therefore, is a way to boost the immune system naturally.
Craniosacral therapy successfully works with the following conditions:
- Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Stress and Tension in the Body (anywhere in the body)
- Coordination Problems
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Anxiety, Nervousness
- Chronic Fatigue
- Infants. Breastfeeding Issues / Tongue Tie
- Orthopedic problems (neck pain, back pain, arm or leg pain etc.)
- GI issues (Crohn’s, IBS, Diverticulossi)
- Women’s Health Issues (i.e. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction)
- and many other disorders
Dr. Nancy is a specialist in craniosacral therapy. Holistic Healing Center offers this hands-on treatment to help you and those you care about get relief right away. We accept medical insurance and no script or referral is required. Call 732-252-6155 or email us to book an appointment.
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