The CranioSacral system is a set of membranes or layers of fascia surrounding the central nervous system, creating a fluid-filled environment that nourishes and protects the brain and spinal cord. Imbalance or restriction in this system can cause sensory, motor, or neurological difficulties and can result in chronic pain, migraines, decreased coordination, learning disabilities, and other losses of function.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch, hands-on therapeutic modality that releases restrictions in the fascia, or connective tissue, that surround the brain and spinal cord. When these restrictions are released, the nervous system is able to function at its most efficient level for improved physical, energetic, and emotional balance.
CranioSacral techniques can be used on their own or integrated into treatment sessions that include other modalities.
CST has been shown to be effective for children with:
- Cerebral palsy
- Sleep difficulties
- Visual perceptual difficulties
- Frequent colds
- Ear infections
- Neck and back pain
Many infants also respond well to CST, especially those who had difficult birth experiences.
CST can also be used as part of a therapeutic massage treatment for adults.
For a detailed discussion of this therapy, see the Upledger Institute's website.