Is Craniosacral therapy real?
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on treatment that may provide relief from a variety of symptoms including headaches, neck pain and side effects of cancer treatment among many others. CST uses a light touch to examine membranes and movement of fluids in and around the central nervous system.
What is the purpose of Craniosacral therapy?
CST is thought to relieve compression in the head, neck, and back. This can soothe pain and release both emotional and physical stress and tension. It’s also thought to help restore cranial mobility and ease or release restrictions of the head, neck, and nerves.
Who should not get Craniosacral therapy?
There are few contraindications to CST, but they should be noted: CST should not be done in individuals with acute stroke, acute cerebral hemorrhage, aneurysm, or any acute cerebral vascular condition with an active bleed.
Why is it called craniosacral?
It was the concept of the alteration of the fluid/wavemotion from the cranium to the sacrum, created by these restrictions, that caused John Upledger to name the work of releasing restrictions “Craniosacral Therapy.”
Does Craniosacral therapy help anxiety?
In an optimally functioning central nervous system (CNS), muscles relax, circulation improves, pain and swelling decrease, the immune system is better equip to fight infections and disease, and symptoms of anxiety and depression ease. CST can also be extremely helpful to move energetic cysts as well.
What are the side effects of CranioSacral therapy?
Complications include depression, confusion, headaches, diplopia, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, trigeminal nerve damage, hypopituitarism, brainstem dysfunction, opisthotonus, assorted seizures and possible miscarriage of a 12-week pregnancy.
Can you do craniosacral on yourself?
While there are no contraindications to self-performing this head massage, it is NOT recommended in cases of severe systemic infections, recent skull fracture, intracranial hemorrhage or aneurysm, or herniation of the brain stem.
What can I expect from Craniosacral therapy?
A typical CST session lasts from 45-60 minutes, and takes place in a quiet, private setting. CST is performed with the client fully clothed and lying on a comfortable massage table. Using a light touch, the therapist evaluates or “listens to” the body for tension patterns and imbalances.
How often should I have Craniosacral therapy?
After the first session and assessment, the therapist will usually be able to tell you how many sessions will be needed to treat the given condition. Most healthy newborns can be treated in 2-4 sessions. Adults often require 4-12 visits to treat conditions which are often chronic and more complex.
What is the craniosacral system?
The Craniosacral System is a physiological system that exists in humans as well as those animals possessing a brain and spinal cord. Its formation begins in the womb and continues to function until death. When there is an imbalance in your Craniosacral System, your brain and spinal cord suffer.