CranioSacral Therapy

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of the craniosacral system. CST encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate the negative effects of stress on your central nervous system.

How Is CranioSacral Therapy Performed?

CST is performed on a person fully clothed if done as a lone treatment or through the sheets if performed in conjunction with massage therapy. Using a light touch the practitioner monitors the rhythm of the craniosacral system to detect potential restrictions and imbalances. The therapist then uses delicate manual techniques to release those problem areas and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord.

*Please note that CST is not currently provided as a separate, stand alone treatment, it used by some of our therapists as part of the treatments they already perform.

Some Conditions CST Can Address:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Scoliosis Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

Types of CranioSacral Therapy at NPW: