Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle technique used primarily on our pediatric patients and can be used on adults as well. The technique applies gentle and sustained pressure, the same pressure as checking if a fruit is ripe, to the sutures of the cranium, spine and ligaments of the sacrum.
The brain and spinal cord is encase in a sac called the dura sac. This sac is attached to the bones of the head and sacrum. Inside the dura sac, cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) flows and pulses. When the cranial bones or sacrum are stuck, subluxated or have decreased motion, the fluid does not circulate properly. CST restores that motion by releasing tension the the sutures and spine.
Very few structures have as much influence over the body's ability to function properly such as the brain and spinal cord, as well as the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.
Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. In infants, this could be due to the birthing process, tight oral tissue, torticollis, plagiocephaly, and subluxations just to name a few. These changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with. Our soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system. This normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body's ability to self-correct dysfunctions and imbalances. CST is the preferred technique used on our infant patients.