Optimizing the Craniosacral System improves circulation of both blood and CSF to the brain & spinal cord, pituitary & pineal glands, and the cranial nerve systems (among other things - such as: autonomic control systems; visual, auditory, olfactory and gustatory sensory systems; motor and motor coordination systems; endocrine system; and the immune system. Pretty important stuff!)
Manual therapy treatments will typically include highly-focused palpation, soft tissue or joint mobilizations and gentle manual traction - while clients remain fully clothed, and no lubricants are used. Requiring extensive theory and practical training, these treatments are performed only by licensed medical professionals, after gathering comprehensive health history information and preliminary examination.
What common conditions may craniosacral therapy support?
Complex regional pain syndrome.
Temporo-mandibular joint syndrome.
Autism, ADHD & ASD
Pediatric bodywork is a safe and successful treatment to ensure correct functioning of the nervous system - preventing a broad spectrum of childhood dysfunctions.
For the newborn, a gentle treatment just after birth can clear birth-related traumas such as torticollis, ankyloglossia, cranial compression and meningeal strain. Induction of the sucking reflex promotes proper breastfeeding and the and prevention of colic or initial somatic discomfort.
Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy Can be especially beneficial for:
▪ Exceptionally fussy, hard to soothe babies
▪Babies who seem uncomfortable in their bodies or seem overly irritable & sensitive
▪Babies with digestive or elimination difficulties - Reflux, Colic, Spitting up, etc.
▪Babies experiencing breastfeeding struggles and/or difficultly latching
▪Babies who favor turning to one side or favor one breast/position for nursing
▪ Babies with extreme difficulty sleeping
▪Babies who hate tummy time or being in car seats
▪Babies & toddlers who are teething
▪Toddlers & children with temper/behavioral concerns
▪Toddlers & children struggling with potty-training
▪Children who have mild mobility & speech difficulties
▪Children with sensory processing disorders & anxiety
▪Children with limited eyesight and vision concerns
▪Children who experience frequent headaches, ear/sinus/throat infections or have weakened immune systems
Throughout pregnancy, CST can balance the pelvis and uterus to ease and prevent ligament pain, posterior babies and low back, hip or rib pain. General soft tissue release, lumbosacral decompression, and increased fluid exchange further balance the mother’s body, and help prepare it for the birth process.
During the postpartum period, women can obtain profound benefit from CST and other similar support measures to balance and unwind the pelvis, uterus and sacrum. Craniosacral therapy restores musculoskeletal reintegration, emotional balance and pelvic health - and helps alleviate the discomforts of newborn care and mothering.
Lactation support and CST can greatly improve breastfeeding outcomes. proper latch and nursing requires that a baby has full range of motion with their tongue, jaw and neck. Some babies may require a little extra assistance to relax these areas and their central nervous system.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
As each body reacts differently to manual therapy, treatment lengths vary based on your need or preference. Many clients achieve complete or significant reduction of symptoms in as few as 1-2 sessions. A longer regimen could be recommended for more complex situations.