CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a type of gentle manual therapy that has its origins in osteopathy. It uses the body’s natural self-healing ability, allows it to heal at its own pace and enhances overall health.
As it is a drugless, non-invasive and very safe treatment, CST is also suitable for babies, children and pregnant mothers. It is so gentle that even newborn babies have it.
It works by releasing restrictions in the craniosacral system that may be affecting other parts of the body.
The craniosacral system consists of the bones, membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. CST works with this system and the fascia that encloses and interconnects all of the structures inside the body.
What happens during a session?
CST is usually performed with the client lying fully clothed on a treatment table. A baby or child could also be resting on the parent’s or therapist’s lap.
The treatment is gentle, soothing and pleasant, creating a sense of ease and wellbeing. Somato-Emotional Release techniques, which work on the mind-body connection, may also be used. Sometimes the client may feel so relaxed and fall asleep.
Each individual responds at a different pace. While some might experience immediate relief, it may also take up to 4-6 sessions to be able to fully evaluate its effectiveness.
· Enhancing overall health
· Migraines and headaches
· Chronic neck and back pain
· Sinusitis and congestion
· Stress and tension-related problems
· Brain and spinal cord injuries
· Chronic fatigue
· Sleep problems
· Central nervous system disorders
· Emotional difficulties
· Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome
· Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
· Orthopaedic problems
· Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
· Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP)
and many others
It also helps babies and children with:
· Sleep problems
· Plagiocephaly (asymmetrical head shape)
· Feeding difficulties
· Digestive and bowel problems
· Developmental delay
· Ear infections
· Hearing problems
· Language disorders
· Learning disabilities
· Motor problems
· Cerebral palsy
· Downs syndrome
· Behaviour problems
· Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
· Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)