The Craniosacral System is relatively recently recognised physiological and functional system. It is a semi-closed hydraulic system contained within the elastic membrane of the skull and spinal column. An important function of this system is the production, circulation and re-absorption of cerebrospinal fluid. It maintains the correct physiological environment in which the central nervous system develops and functions.
The production and re-absorption of the cerebrospinal fluid causes constant fluctuation, or rise and fall of the fluid pressure within the system. This volumetric accommodation can be palpated, extending and contracting in accordance to the changes in the pressure, approximately 6-12 times per minute. This fluctuation is called craniosacral rhythm.
Craniosacral therapy aims to release any existing – sometimes deeply hidden - tensions and traumas in the body. Problematic areas and stresses can be detected by analysing the delicate craniosacral rhythm (symmetry, quality, amplitude, rate) in various parts of the body. Very light manipulation techniques, such as compressions and tractions, over a period of time will release tension even at cellular level, thus improving the form and function of the whole.
Craniosacral therapy is based on findings through osteopathy (Dr A Still, M.D. 1874; Dr W G Sutherland, D.O. early 20th century). However, it can be said that Dr John E Upledger, D.O.OMM, (1932-2012) has done the pioneering work for craniosacral therapy. He developed the methods and protocols that now are being used all over the world. The therapy is highly efficient with no harmful side effects as nothing is added to or cut off from this constantly renewing living body.
Rebalancing craniosacral system enhances health and well-being in general by freeing the central nervous system to perform at its best, and it has been used successfully to relieve pain, illness and dysfunctions in many areas:
Migraines and headaches, neck and back pains, sciatica issues
Imbalances in the digestive and other body systems
Stress and tension related disorders, TMJ syndrome
Emotional trauma, PTSD
Nervous system malfunctions, motor-coordination issues, stroke recovery
Pre- and post operative treatment, malocclusion
Chronic fatigue, sleeplessness
Learning disabilities, ADHD
Ante- and post natal issues, recovery
Early CST may reduce the percentage of central nervous system problems, and is therefore recommended already when planning for pregnancy and during the first 10 weeks of the gestation age.