Craniosacral Technique

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, light-touch treatment that works with balancing the natural rhythm and structure of the cranium and sacrum. It helps to promote the flow of cerebrospinal fluid throughout the brain and spinal cord. It also works to relax the body’s nervous system so that proper healing can occur. Although many are introduced to Craniosacral therapy when it is recommended to their babies and children, it is used to help people of all ages. Most commonly, Craniosacral therapy has shown itself to be very effective in treating headaches, migraines, jaw/teeth grinding, sleep challenges, anxiety and behavioral issues and recovery from head trauma/surgery.

How does it work?

Dura is the membranous structure which connects the brain to the cranium, protects the delicate spinal cord within the spine and attaches the base of the spine with the sacrum. The cranium and sacrum move in conjunction with one another to circulate cerebrospinal fluid along the entire length of the spinal cord. Cerebrospinal fluid is the nourishment for the brain and spinal cord and needs to be circulated properly. The pressure of this fluid and tension on the dura are the two things that move cranial and sacral bones. Craniosacral evaluation looks at how the bones of the cranium and sacrum are moving and if there are any imbalances present. Balancing this movement can help with decreasing stress on the nervous system allowing it to function at a higher level. It also can be very helpful in getting general chiropractic adjustments and alignment techniques to “hold”.

Craniosacral Therapy and Children

The cranium consists of sutures and fontanelles that overlap one another during the birth process as they compress when entering the birth canal. This process is called molding and the cranial bones should resume their normal shape within one week of birth. The delicate nervous system is protected by cartilage at this point and not by bone. The cranium itself is membranous at this stage and needs to constantly expand and realign to adapt to the extremely rapid growth of the brain during the first three years of life. Just within the first year of life the brain will grow 2-1/2 to 3 times its birth size. Craniosacral technique helps to facilitate the molding process of the cranium and can correct any alignment issues. This can be especially important after birth or after any head injuries, be they minor or major.

90% of the neurological development and synaptic connections in the brain are made by age 6. By this time all of the motor and sensory functions we use as adults have been fully developed. Damage at any stage prior to preliminary development of these functions will result in compensatory patterns to either be learned or occur naturally to allow us to interact with our environment to the best of our ability. If corrections are not made, studies have shown that these children will function at a reduced capacity later in life.

Most notably, Craniosacral technique can help to calm down the nervous system, which has many benefits, including helping with ADD/ADHD, sleeping problems, and infants with latching problems. It can help alleviate tension created by teeth clenching or grinding. Overall, it is a great way of decreasing stress in the body.

Please call us to set up some time to discuss this healing technique with one of our practitioners. We are confident that Craniosacral technique is a powerful, yet gentle healing tool that many will find benefit from.