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Craniosacral Therapy

What Should You Know About Craniosacral Therapy?


Updated August 13, 2013

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John Upledger, an osteopath, in the 1970s. It is based on an approach popularized by Dr. William Sutherland, an osteopath in the early 1900's.

The craniosacral system (cranio means head and sacral refers to the area at the base of the spine) includes the brain and spinal cord. They are bathed in a craniosacral fluid that has a rhythmic pulse, similar to blood pressure.

The craniosacral therapist senses the pulse and looks for any subtle restrictions in the flow of craniosacral fluid. Restrictions are beleived to be the cause of poor health, especially conditions related to the brain, spine, and nervous system.

Conditions Treated

  • Migraine and headaches
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Stress and stress-related disorders
  • Fibromyalgia and other connective tissue disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Immune disorders

What a Typical Craniosacral Treatment is Like

You will be asked to lie clothed on the treatment table. The therapist applies subtle pressure with the hands to the head and the base of the spine.

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