Overview of Craniosacral:
Cranial sacral therapy (also called cranial osteopathy, craniopathy, cranial sacral manipulation) is a gentle, hands-on technique that releases stress and tensions found deep in the body to promote overall health, improve performance, relieve pain, and treat numerous ailments. It involves very gentle pressure on the cranium (skull), face, spine, and sacrum, with the intention of relieving any restrictions to the flow of cerebrospinal fluid within the spine and brain. This flow, it is believed, is essential to overall health and its restrictions can contribute to many ailments.
What is it suppose to treat?
Headaches and migraines
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems
Central nervous system problems
Many other conditions
History of Craniosacral:
Cranial sacral therapy was developed in the early 1930’s by an osteopath, Dr. William Sutherland, whose work was based on theories from Andrew Taylor Still. Other contributors include Roland Becker, Harold Magoun, Dr. Paul Lee, and Dr. Franklin Sills. Currently, its most prominent proponent is Dr. John Upledger, founder of the Upledger Institute. It is usually performed by osteopaths, chiropractors, and massage therapists.
What to expect:
It is performed with the patient relaxing, eyes closed, laying face-up throughout the session. The therapist gently touches and holds certain spots on the head, face, and spine. Each such hold lasts several minutes. Patients often report feeling deeply relaxed, a greater sense of well-being, increased mental clarity, as well as reduction of pain.
Does Craniosacral really work?
As you know I try to offer only evidence based therapies. Cranial sacral therapy, however, has little hard evidence to offer. Most of the scientific and medical communities scoff at it, both at its effectiveness and at some of its major tenents. For example, cranial sacral therapy maintains that the bones of the scull are not fully fused together and therefore can be altered through the touch of the therapists. The medical community believes the opposite.
My take on the subject:
I offer this service to those who request it. I have done so for decades and can report success in several hard to treat conditions. This, of course, is only anecdotal evidence and should not to be taken as being in any way scientific. Perhaps it works only sometimes, in some particular patients. And perhaps the mechanism through which it might work is different than described. For example, the bones of the skull are indeed fused, but instead of altering the bones perhaps the touch of the therapist is effecting the soft tissue surrounding the brain (meninges) and the soft tissues surrounding the outside of the skull which may be creating tension.
If you’re interested pleased contact me for more information.