CranioSacral therapy utilizes a gentle approach to release tensions deep within the body by feeling and testing for ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord.
What is the craniosacral system?
The craniosacral (CS) system consists of the membranes that form the meninges of the brain and their related structures, the spinal cord (down to the sacrum), the bones of the skull (to which those membranes attach), the cerebrospinal fluid and the structures that produce, contain and reabsorb the cerebrospinal fluid. Since the membranes through which the CSF flows are attached to the skull bones, they move in response to the increase and decrease in pressure.
How can we assess imbalances?
The movement of these bones forms the basis of the CS diagnosis and treatment. The diagnosis is based on the assessment of the rate, amplitude and symmetry of the CS rhythm. The rate of CS rhythm will go up and the amplitude will go down when the meningeal membranes are restricted somewhere. Lack of symmetry helps to assess where a loss of physiological motion is occurring.
How is everything connected from the sacrum to the cranium?
There is a connective tissue sheath that surrounds all body parts. This sheath is known as the fascia. It is connected to the CS system and moves with the CS rhythm. There will be a rocking motion of the sacrum and a widening and narrowing of the head during the CS pulse.
How might this treatment help?
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