What is Craniosacral Therapy?

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Craniosacral massage is an alternative form of massage which utilizes gentle touch in order to manipulate bones in the head, spinal column, and sacrum. It primarily addresses asymmetry in the fluid and membranes which protect the spinal cord and brain.

Originally developed by osteopathic physician and professor of biomechanics, John E. Upledger, Craniosacral therapy regulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF is present in the brain and spine and works to reduce obstructions in the body that lead to infection. Since the 1970’s when Upledger first introduced the technique, Craniosacral therapy has been found to be effective in addressing numerous physiological issues associated with blockages in the craniosacral system, primarily in the flow of CSF. Migraines and anxiety disorders are a few conditions related to an imbalance in CSF.

What Is the Craniosacral System?

Similar to the cardiovascular system, the craniosacral system has a natural rhythm that can be sensed throughout the body, which includes the flow of CSF. CSF is important for regulating your body’s immune system for many different reasons, including preventing bacteria and viruses from entering the brain, creating a pathway between the blood and the brain, and sending glucose (a form of sugar that provides nourishment to the brain) to the cortex brain. If CSF flow is restricted, numerous problems can arise, including decreased health and mental lucidity.

How Does Craniosacral Massage Work?

Craniosacral massage does not rely on spinal manipulations or adjustments to heal the body but instead centers its practice on light-touch techniques to align the flow of CSF fluid, which is the cause of many forms of spinal imbalances. Practitioners can use this gentle touch to find specifically blocked areas of stress or obstruction in CSF flow. Your Craniosacral therapist may use a variety of techniques to realign this flow, which may include Myofascial Release Therapy, Positional Release Therapy, Muscle Energy Technique Therapy, or Acupressure.

For more information on Craniosacral massage and to schedule a Craniosacral massage, contact us at Wayfare Wellness.