The Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

The Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy originated in the early 1930s, starting with an understanding of cranial movement by William Sutherland, a doctor of Osteopathy. Sutherland believed that human skull bones are not fused, but rather that there is a subtle rhythm of motion as the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which is the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord, is gently pumped around the central nervous system. Craniosacral Therapy, as it exists today was further developed in the 1970s by Dr. John Upledger, a Doctor of Osteopathy.

Craniosacral therapy works to relieve subtle and deep tension in the body, at the layer of the muscles and bones but also within the layers of fascia. This allows for chronic and patterns of complex illness to be addressed, allowing the flow of the CSF to be restored and optimized, benefiting the nervous system and therefore the whole body. Craniosacral therapy is useful in treating conditions such as a back and muscle pain, both from recent or old injuries or strain, chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, autism, ADD/ADHD, and more. It is also useful in the treatment of stress-related issues, depression, anxiety, PTSD, as well as spinal, digestive and sleep problems.

A craniosacral therapy session involves the patient lying  down on his/her back while the practitioner uses gentle hands-on bodywork at different stations on the body as well as on patient’s skull. This allows the practitioner to detect and gently release restrictions to the flow of the CSF as well gently correct any imbalances and found that may be causing health problems or tension in the body.

Contact us today to book an appointment to begin your healing journey with the Yaletown Naturopathic Clinic 604-235-8068.

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