CRANIAL SACRAL THERAPY
Cranial Sacral Therapy has been a godsend to me. Oddly enough, I was exposed to this therapy by my Worker's Comp provider. (one thing that actually worked right) Before rehab, I had never heard of this type of alternative therapy. I learned about CST during rehab and it has really helped with the debilitating headaches that can be associated with a Cerebral Spinal Fluid Leak. It works for me, I hope it works for you.
HOW IS CRANIAL SACRAL THERAPY PERFORMED?
Cranial Sacral Therapy is performed on a person that is fully clothed. Using a light touch - generally no more than the weight of a nickel - the practitioner monitors the rhythm of the cranial sacral system to detect potential restrictions and imbalances. The therapist then uses delicate manual techniques to release those problem areas and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord.
A Cranial Sacral Therapy session can last from about 15 minutes to more than an hour, and the initial evaluation alone is often enough to correct a problem. The result? A central nervous system free of restrictions. And a body that's able to return to its greatest levels of performance.
HOW DID CRANIAL SACRAL THERAPY BEGIN?
CranialSacral Therapy dates back to 1970 when osteopathic physician John E. Upledger first witnessed the rhythmic movement of the cranio sacral system during a spinal surgery. Yet none of his colleagues nor medical texts could explain the phenomenon.
Two years later, Dr. Upledger attended a short course on cranial osteopathy developed by Dr. William Sutherland. The course focused on the bones of the skull and the fact - surprising at the time - that they weren't fused as doctors had been taught in medical school. Instead, Sutherland's material demonstrated that skull bones continue to move throughout a person's life.
Putting this new information together with the odd pulsing rhythm he'd observed years before, Dr. Upledger theorized that a hydraulic system of sorts was functioning inside the cranio sacral system. He then set out to confirm his theories
In 1975 he joined the Osteopathic College at Michigan State University as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. There he led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers to test and document the influence of therapy on the cranio sacral system. For the firs time they were able to explain the function of the cranios acral system, and demonstrate how light touch therapy could be used to evaluate and treat malfunctions involving the brain and spinal cord.
In 1985 Dr. Upledger went on to establish The Upledger Institute to teach the public and the healthcare practitioners about the benefits of CranialSacral Therapy. To date, The Upledger Institute has trained more than 50,000 healthcare practitioners worldwide the use of CranialSacral Therapy.
I can't explain it. But it works for me. If you'd like more information, call The Upledger Institute at 561-622-4334 or see them on the web.