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Craniosacral therapy is the manipulation of the bones of the skull to treat any number of conditions. Cranio refers to the head or cranium, and sacral refers to the tailbone or base the spine. Recent studies have shown that the craniosacral rhythm, which increases and decreases the volume of cerebrospinal fluid within and around the craniosacral system, can be restricted if the bones of the skull or displaced. This can be caused by anything from a bump on the head, sudden jolt that effects the neck, head or spine, inflexibility of the joints of the spine and cranium, to dysfunctions in other parts of the body. Do not attempt craniosacral therapy by yourself only under medical supervision.
Craniosacral therapy strengthens the body's ability to alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including motor- coordination impairments, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, infantile disorders, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, scoliosis, temporomandibular joint syndrome, emotional difficulties, central nervous system disorders, learning disabilities, stress and tension related problems, orthopedic problems and post-traumatic stress disorders.
The cranial therapist is trained to feel with their hands the motion of the craniosacral system in a unified, integrated movement. The touch is extremely sensitive and gentle. The therapist is able to diagnose the movement of the system as a whole by locating critical points of restriction. There are three approaches to craniosacral therapy. Sutural, which is the manipulation of the sutures or where the bones meet in the skull. Meningeal, focuses on releasing restrictions of the cranial sutures and underlying membranes and the reflex approach, which triggers the nervous system to turn off stress signals.