Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
Find Effective Pain Relief with the Gentle Help of CranioSacral Therapy
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on form of manual therapy that focuses on evaluating and enhancing the craniosacral system of the body. The craniosacral system is made up of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects your brain and spinal cord.
This impressive form of therapy was created by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger after several extensive scientific studies from the years of 1975-1983. With CST, a physiotherapist uses gentle pressure to release pain and tensions deep in the body and regulate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. In fact, the touch is so gentle, that the pressure is typically no more than 5 grams – roughly the weight of a nickel. This makes CranioSacral Therapy ideal for those living with severe conditions that leave them feeling constantly uncomfortable.
If you are interested in learning more about CranioSacral Therapy and how it can benefit you or a loved one in need, contact Anatomy Physiotherapy Clinic today to schedule an appointment.
How does CranioSacral Therapy work?
CranioSacral Therapy can be used to treat a vast array of pain and discomfort. It works by normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord, which enhances the body’s natural ability to heal and self-correct. Therefore, this technique can be used to treat both acute and chronic pain alike. Whether you are recovering from a sports injury, surgical procedure, chronic arthritis, stroke, or neurological impairment, CST may be a benefit to you.
There are a vast range of conditions that CranioSacral Therapy has been known to manage and treat. These include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Orthopedic problems
- Migraine headaches
- Motor-coordination impairments
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Central nervous system disorders
- Neurovascular or immune disorders
- Post-surgical dysfunction
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Infantile disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Emotional difficulties
- Stress and tension-related problems
- Chronic fatigue
- Fibromyalgia and other connective-tissue disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
How can CranioSacral Therapy help me?
At Anatomy Physiotherapy Clinic, we are proud to offer CranioSacral Therapy for any patient that our massage therapist believes could benefit from it. Your body endures daily stresses and strains that, with time, can cause tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause restrictions in the brain or spinal cord if tensions continue to form.
Fortunately, our registered massage therapist can detect and prevent against such restrictions through a craniosacral evaluation. He or she will gently touch various locations of your body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around your brain and spinal cord. This will determine whether or not CranioSacral Therapy should be a part of your massage therapy plan.
Since CranioSacral Therapy is so effective in complementing the body’s natural healing process, it has been successful in both treating current conditions and acting as a preventative treatment, in order to avoid the risk of certain conditions occurring. Therefore, there are a wide range of patients that CranioSacral Therapy can help. If you are living with discomfort in your life, don’t settle for your limitations any longer – take a stand against your pain and schedule a consultation to find out if you would be a candidate for this safe, effective, and comfortable form of therapy.
If you are suffering from an injury or underlying condition that is causing you discomfort, contact Anatomy Physiotherapy Clinic today. We will schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated Ottawa massage therapists to determine whether or not CranioSacral Therapy would benefit you!