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Craniosacral Therapy (CST) non-invasively applies gentle pressure to examine membranes and the movement of fluids in and around the central nervous system. It relieves compression in the bones located in the head, sacrum or triangular bone in the lower back, the spinal column, and cerebrospinal fluid boosting overall health and well-being by relieving stress and pain in these regions with light compression.
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is an important therapeutic approach to improve whole-body health through the craniosacral system, which consists of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that envelopes and protects the brain, spinal cord and bones. The system plays an integral role in the healthy, holistic functioning of the human body to address imbalances, boost immunity, and eliminate pain.
An experienced therapist applies gentle pressure to improve the efficiency of biological processes by boosting the body’s capacity for self-healing, self-correction, and self-regulation through the movement of fluids in and around the central nervous system. Releasing the body’s connective tissue, or fascia, creates balance between the body’s interconnected organs, nerves, muscles, blood vessels, brain, and spinal cord.
Craniosacral Therapy can help treat and address a variety of conditions including chronic pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, headaches, complex regional pain syndrome, fascial adhesions, scoliosis, neuralgia, neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, post-concussion syndrome, speech impairment, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, sinus infections, TMJ, trauma recovery, mood disorders, and epilepsy.
What Should You Expect When You Arrive for Craniosacral Therapy?
During the session, expect to remain fully clothed so wear comfortable clothes to the appointment. Sessions typically last for an hour. The initial consultation will include a discussion with our therapist about the symptoms you’re experiencing and any pre-existing conditions.
After assessing your condition, the therapist will explain the treatment before asking you to lie down on your back on a massage table. Based on the targeted areas, the craniosacral therapist will begin either at your head, feet, or middle of your body. They will apply five grams of light pressure gently to your feet, head, or sacrum to feel the subtle rhythms that are detected, relieving the tension and target areas of physiological system dysfunction.
As necessary, gentle pressing or repositioning your body will be done to normalize the flow of the cerebrospinal fluids. The practitioner may also use tissue-release methods while supporting your limbs. During treatment, people may experience different sensations from deep relaxation to falling asleep or sensations of pulsations or numbing.
Is Craniosacral Therapy Right for You?
Craniosacral Therapy is derived from osteopathic manipulative treatment with minimal adverse side effects as physical manipulation or forceful adjustments of the body are not used as part of the treatment. It can help to provide relief for a variety of conditions by improving the functioning of the central nervous system. The complementary adjunct to physiotherapy may be used as an alternative for medications to treat chronic musculoskeletal pain.
However, there are a few conditions when the treatment may not be appropriate. If you have experienced a recent concussion, cerebral swelling, structural defects in the cerebellum, brain aneurysm, traumatic brain injury, blood clots, or any disorder that causes instability of cerebral fluid pressure, flow, or build up, discuss this with our team before making an appointment.
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HelloPhysio paves the way with traditional techniques, the latest technologies and alternative therapies to reduce pain, re-establish movement patterns, and activate muscles so that you can return to your daily life.
Physiotherapy treatment plans with complementary therapies are different for each client and are customized to fit an individual’s needs, injuries, and lifestyle. Physiotherapy treatments from HelloPhysio may be eligible for claims through your health insurance provider.
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