Craniosacral Therapy is based on osteopathy in the cranial field, which was developed in the 1930s by the osteopath William Garner Sutherland. Craniosacral Therapy is a therapeutic technique focused primarily on regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and balancing the bones and membranes of the cranium and the neural system. All healthy, living tissues breathe and express life as subtle rhythmic impulses. These tide-like motions initially arise at the core of the body and involve the brain, spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord), connective tissues and bones.
Craniosacral Therapy can treat dysfunctions in the body that are related to or result from issues within the cranial system, which might include traumatic injuries sustained from a motor-vehicle accidents, headaches, TMJ, and cervical issues, among others. The body’s tissues contract in response to physical traumas or emotional stress. Sometimes, when the shock is severe or occurs within an emotional situation, the tissues stay contracted. Any stresses, strains, tensions or trauma which have been “stored” in the body in this way will restrict the body’s functioning and may give rise to problems over the years. Craniosacral Therapy can help address these problems by balancing the craniosacral system.
Craniosacral Therapy works with the body’s natural hydraulic forces and movements, encouraging and enhancing the body’s inherent natural healing abilities. The therapist use a gentle touch to sense and facilitate the release of tensions within the body in order to effect major changes in both physical and emotional well-being.
At Healing Hands Physical Therapy, we make use of many different techniques, ranging from traditional physical therapy practices to alternative treatments including Craniosacral Therapy. At Healing Hands Physical Therapy you can receive treatment by a highly-trained physical therapist who also has trained for a number of years in the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Approach, and has a thorough and deep understanding of the Craniosacral system. Based on your specific needs, Craniosacral Therapy might be the focus of your treatment or just one element in your holistic treatment plan.
If your insurance covers Physical Therapy, it will cover this modality, as it is considered a method of Manual Therapy. Because we offer Craniosacral Therapy as part of a physical therapy treatment program, when you come for physical therapy, after a thorough assessment, the therapist may come to the conclusion that craniosacral therapy should be part of your treatment plan.
This subtle and gentle healing process is patient-led, with the body and the craniosacral system setting the priorities. Restrictions in the body’s functioning show up in the way that craniosacral motion is expressed. Craniosacral therapists are trained to feel this subtle motion in the body, and can use it to identify areas where there is congestion or restriction. In this way, they can identify the possible origin of a problem. Then, using the hands to sense the imbalance, the therapist facilitates the body’s innate ability to correct itself and provides an opportunity for the body to let go of its restrictive pattern and return to an easier mode of functioning.
Yes, craniosacral therapy is so gentle and safe that it is suitable for people of all ages. It is even safe for newborn babies. Babies respond very well to treatment and often more quickly than adults.