Some of its earliest references can be found with the Native American Indians ---those known as “Bonesetters”. However, in the mainstream medical model, the greatest roots are contributed to Andrew Still (1828-1917), the great grandfather and founder of Osteopathy, William Sutherland, D.O. (1873-1954), credited as the originator of Cranial Osteopathy, and most widely John Upledger, D.O., O.M.M. who pioneered and developed Craniosacral Therapy and brought the work outside the osteopathic profession.
How Does It Work
The system is a physiological body system comprised of membranes and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, including bones, nerves, fluids, and connective tissue of the cranium and spinal area. The craniosacral method is based on the natural rhythmic flow of the ever-changing hydraulic pressure of the CSF within this system. This flow, or “rhythm”, can be detected anywhere in your body – and used to pinpoint and treat problem sources.
Restrictions in your Craniosacral System can adversely affect your central nervous system (CNS). These restrictions may be the result of internal factors; i.e. mental/emotional stress, or external factors such as injury or trauma. These restrictions upon the CNS can affect all other body systems – including sensory, motor, and neurological functions. Over time, this creates even greater imbalances that may be experienced as fatigue, pain, muscular tension, and/or ultimately a compromised immune system.
Craniosacral Therapy is used by a wide range of Healthcare Professionals including Osteopaths, Dentists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, and Massage Therapists.
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The free flow of CSF helps to strengthen the immune system, remove areas of congestion, and aid in relaxation. Thus, the Craniosacral Therapy method works primarily with the connective tissue to release tension and unwind areas that have been subjected to trauma. This freeing up of the CSF and the CNS generates a freeing up of energy that may be channeled into everyday life --- and experienced as enhanced general health and resistance to disease.
Craniosacral Therapy benefits all age ranges ---- infant to elderly --- including those interested in maintaining an optimal state of health, and those with a wide variety of medical ailments such as trapped nerves, Bells Palsy, chronic neck and back pain, sprains, learning disabilities, emotional problems, Post-Surgical Dysfunctions, headaches, chronic middle ear infections, autism, fibromyalgia and other Connective–Tissue disorders, heart disease, pneumonia, chronic fatigue syndrome, TMJ and more.
This “gentle” approach is extremely safe in most cases. However, it is not recommended in cases of acute systemic infections, recent skull fractures, intracranial hemorrhage or aneurysms.