Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a complementary therapy, initially developed by osteopaths. The Upledger Institute describes CST as “a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.” It uses light touch to balance out the craniosacral system in the body.
The craniosacral system is made up of bones, nerves, fluids and connective tissues of the cranium (skull), spinal cord and the pelvic area.
It is thought by John Upledger, one the originators of CST, that the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) rises and falls within the compartment of the dura mater, which encases the brain and spinal cord. By lightly manipulating specific points on the skull or the sacrum, a physiotherapist can feel this rhythm and re-balance any disturbance in the rate and quality of CSF flow. Once the cerebrospinal fluid begins to move freely, the body’s natural healing mechanism comes into play.
During a session, the patient lays fully clothed on a massage table while the physiotherapist assesses the flow of the CSF. Sessions last between 45-60mins.
- What conditions Can be treated with CST?
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
- Jaw disorders
Our physiotherapist Paul trained in CST with the Upledger Institute between 2009-2010 and has been practicing it alongside his traditional approach since then. Please contact the clinic reception to make an initial consultation.We can help – Book an appointment now