Who Can Use Craniosacral Therapy?

– Written by Amber Novak, Craniosacral Therapist in Burlington, VT

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) uses light touch, about 5 grams (or the weight of a nickel), and is very gentle and safe for people in all stages of life. The use of light touch is essential to be able to detect the delicate rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid throughout the body.
The craniosacral rhythm will vary from person to person. The healthier and more vital a person is, the stronger and more robust the flow will be. Conversely, in more delicate populations, such as newborns and the elderly, the rhythm will likely be more subtle. Light, gentle palpation of the rhythm is the best way to evaluate it.

During the evaluation period of a session, the therapist measures the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by looking at the symmetry, quality, amplitude, and rate of the flow of fluid. Once an evaluation has been done, the therapist will use the appropriate techniques to treat the findings.
After birth, a child may need some help releasing the physical and emotional challenges associated with the birthing process. As children age CST can help them maintain a healthy nervous system encouraging optimal growth and development.

Throughout life, the body goes through times of stress and injury, and craniosacral therapy can help recovery be easier, faster, and more complete. CST can not only alleviate pain but also relieve anxiety and depression, improve digestion and hormone balance. By allowing the central nervous system to work more optimally, everything within its control has a chance to work better as well.

Later in life, when bodily functions start to slow and disease states become more prevalent, CST can help to increase the central nervous system’s function, and decrease pain. There are many emotions that come up through the aging process and CST can help in navigating the changes and challenges of aging. Many older clients find it a useful tool in maintaining peace and ease in their lives.
It is very important to correct restrictions in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid at any age and stage of life because it delivers nourishment and oxygen to the tissues of the central nervous system. If there is a reduction in oxygen and nutrients, the effectiveness of the entire central nervous system is compromised to some degree. Restrictions, often result in a stressed and less effective central nervous system, which can cause dysfunction in the areas of the body that it controls and eventually pain.

CST is a gentle and non-invasive form of therapy that can be used by people of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. It can be used to address a wide range of conditions related to the nervous system. A session is typically quite pleasant and induces a very calm and relaxed state for the client.

It is particularly helpful for individuals who suffer from chronic pain, stress, anxiety, headaches, migraines, TMJ disorders, neck and back pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

There are a few situations in which CST would not be appropriate:
Increased Intracranial Pressure
Acute Stroke (6-8 weeks)
Recent Skull Fracture (6-8 weeks)
Cerebral aneurysm
Active cerebrospinal fluid leak

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