Craniosacral therapy is a branch of Osteopathy created by John Upledger in the early 1980’s. Its focus is on the cranium, sacrum and the spine. It is believed that cerebrospinal fluid that is pumped from the brain flows rhythmically through the meninges and can be felt throughout the body. Interruption or obstruction of this circulation can then lead to pathological disturbances in the body. Such pathologies may lead to dysfunctions of the spine, skull, pelvis or limbs and their tissues.
Visceral manipulation is a set of techniques that are used for problems of the internal organs. As movement of an organ decreases, so does its overall function. Therefore it is of great importance to ‘free up’ the organ so that it can continue to function normally. Organ function also has a profound impact on the well being of the joints and limbs. Many unresolved pain issues in fact have their origin in organ dysfunction.
What to expect from a Craniosacral treatment.
During Craniosacral treatment the patient is clothed in comfortable attire. It is a form of manual body work that requires handling of the head and body. The touch involved in the treatment is often very light and precise in targeting particular structures of the head and face. The experience is often relaxing and comforting. Many people comment on the sense of relaxation and rejuvenation after a treatment!
What is Craniosacral therapy used for?
Craniosacral therapy is often used for pain and achiness of the head, hips, neck and back. It can also be used to treat the nervous system and hormonal system. It is a gentle therapy that can be used for pain sensitive patients, as well as for children and elderly.
Visceral Manipulation is great for people who have abdominal or pelvic pain and dysfunction. Similar to craniosacral therapy, it also has an affect on the nervous system and hormonal system.