What is craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a modern method of osteopathy, based on the hypothesis of the mobility of the bones of the human skull, which affects the condition and functionality of organs and systems. Within the framework of this medical direction, a complex of chiropractic methods is applied, with the help of which the patient’s body rhythms, amplitude, and balance of natural vibrations of the skull bones are restored – as far as the elasticity of the cranial sutures allows it.
Craniosacral therapy sessions will be useful not only for the sick but also for healthy people. They are excellent prophylaxis, which increases the body’s resistance to illnesses, keeps it in tone, improves the psycho-emotional background, and normalizes the work of the nervous system. It is also recommended for pregnant women and children of all ages.
How does a session of craniosacral therapy take place?
An experienced specialist just needs to look at the patient to identify the problem areas – bad posture, weakness of abdominal muscles and mimic muscles, asymmetry of the face. As soon as the doctor touches your body with his hands, consider the treatment has begun!
Because due to the peculiarities of craniosacral medicine it is inseparably connected with diagnostics. While examining you, the doctor will determine what abnormalities you have and try to neutralize them as much as possible during the first session. Everything is important here – the shape and position of the sacrum, the degree of mobility of the intervertebral joints, even a slight difference in leg length. But the main source of information is, of course, the skull. Barely touching the head, the specialist will estimate the amplitude of movements of its bones, symmetry of the left and right sides, as well as front and back sections, will determine the state of sutures – whether there is any soreness and limitation of mobility.
Cranial sacral therapy is not designed for external effects. From the outside, it seems that all treatment is reduced to simply putting hands on the head – the way the Old Testament saints healed patients. In fact, the doctor works hard, making very subtle, almost invisible the eye movements that can only be caught if you look closely.
Some techniques even look like fun – stretching the ears, squeezing the back of the head, but behind these manipulations, causing a smile to the uninitiated person, there are purposeful actions full of deep physiological meaning. During treatment the patient forgets about his worries, relaxes (the session starts with the relaxation of muscles at the back of the head, which are tightened with chronic stress), experiences complete tranquility, and often falls asleep – this is a good sign! If you fall asleep, it means that the treatment is working for you. But don’t wait for an instant result: the improvement is gradual – it takes time for the cranial bones to get enough mobility. But after the first session, the craniosacral system starts working in the set rhythm.
What is craniosacral therapy used for?
Craniosacral therapy provides opportunities to identify and treat disorders in the body. It is a key part of chiropractic medicine, thus representing the superior bodily systems in a functional sense. The most important of these is the craniosacral rhythm and fascia, which are present in every part of the body. They can be used both for therapeutic purposes and to control the effectiveness of other therapies. Mechanical rhythmic activity in the skull (and in the brain) is a reality.
What is craniosacral therapy used to treat? Craniosacral therapy is used not only to treat diseases but also to prevent blood and fluid circulation disorders.
Craniosacral therapy, of course, is not a cure-all. It is not capable of everything, but very much. It gives excellent results in the treatment of complex conditions, helps to reduce the use of medications or eliminate them, without causing the patient the slightest discomfort or complications.