CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, light-touch approach that releases restrictions deep in the central nervous system (CNS) so that every other system in the body can relax and self-correct. It helps you to naturally free yourself from pain, stress and discomfort. Additional benefits include deep relaxation, improved awareness and a sense of well-being. The craniosacral system involves the cranium (the bones of the skull, face and mouth) down to the sacrum (the tailbone), along with the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It has a direct impact on the central nervous system. The CNS is the set of structures within our body upon which all other body structures and functions rely and is the equivalent of the “command center” of our body. Therefore, restriction with the craniosacral system can cause a variety of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. Techniques are used to release these problem areas. The release of restrictions allows for free movement and efficient working of bones, joints and organs within our entire body, which then promotes the performance of functional tasks related to work, play and self-care. Problem areas including but not limited to the following, benefit from CranioSacral Therapy:
- Learning disabilities
- Sensory processing disorder
- Motoric problems
- Neurological disorders
- Language/speech impairments
- Hyperkinetic behavior (ADD)
- Cerebral palsy
- Chronic Otitis
- Sleep problems
Because our CNS is continually growing, changing and developing into early adulthood, children are especially responsive to CranioSacral therapy. A therapist is able to monitor the rhythm and flow of the fluid surrounding the CNS and identify areas of restrictions. With even brief intervention, the therapist can facilitate a release of the restrictions and therefore enhance the function of the central nervous system. Continued work on problem areas can strengthen the results and extend the outcomes experienced. CranioSacral Therapy is a whole body approach that can have a positive effect on the brain’s overall functioning. This gentle approach may be used by itself or as an adjunct to other therapies and approaches like Sensory Integration and behavioral approaches because it helps address the underlying causes of your child’s challenge areas.
CranioSacral Therapy should be considered for babies with:
- Forceps or vacuum extraction delivery
- C-section delivery
- Breech or transverse in utero position
- Prolonged labor or pushing time
- Short labor or pushing time
- Any type of birth trauma
- Pregnancy complications (gestational diabetes, illness, preterm labor, etc.)
- History of decreased movements in utero, etc.
CransioSacral Therapy may also be considered if you notice:
- Flat spots or bulges anywhere on the head
- Overlapping sutures anywhere on the head
- A strong head preference to one side
- Stiff movements
- Decreased eye contact, etc.
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