Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST)

Cranial Sacral Therapy also called CST, or Cranial Osteopathy, it is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on technique. Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve health and performance.

Therapists gently work with the body as a whole but focus is on the spine and the skull, and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. By using the hands as fine discriminating tools, applying light pressure(about 5 grams).

Patients remain clothed during a treatment and treatments generally are one hour long.

How a treatment helps:

  • helps restore normal cranial mobility
  • releases abnormal myofascial restrictions and tensions in the body
  • releases abnormal restrictions in the head
  • eases restrictions of nerves
  • optimizes cerebrospinal fluid movement through the central nervous system
  • helps restore misaligned bones to their proper positions (assisting troubles with back, hips, shoulders, knees)

Cranial Sacral Therapy is beneficial for:

  • birth traumas and other perinatal challenges
  • infant latching and feeding difficulties
  • recurrent ear infections
  • facial asymmetries and eye motor problems
  • learning disabilities, A.D.D., A.D.H.D
  • gross and fine motor problems
  • developmental delays, autism
  • headaches
  • tinnitus, hearing loss and vertigo
  • TMJ syndrome
  • stress disorders and insomnia
  • muscle and joint pain or injury
  • many neurological conditions and pain syndromes

Brief description of what to expect at an appointment

An appointment or session will likely include the following components, each of which will vary in the amount of time required to complete, based on the severity of the condition(s) being treated, the length of the unit and the complexity of the treatment:

– Intake/interview

– Initial assessment or re-assessment

– Treatment

– Self-care recommendations and/or re-assessment

– Charting and administration
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