What is Craniosacral Therapy?

By Carrie Forman, NCMBTB, CST

You are probably well-acquainted with massage therapy but may not be as familiar with CranioSacral Therapy (CST).

CranioSacrial Therapy is a type of body work that relieves pain and tension via gentle manipulations of the skull.

The craniosacral system is comprised of the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord, which make up the central nervous system.  The central nervous system heavily influences the body’s ability to function properly and is substantially influenced by the craniosacral system.

With the everyday stress of modern life, tissue can become tight and distort, which can eventually result in tension in and around the brain and spinal cord.  Tension in the central nervous system may begin to impact interacting systems and result in pain or other dysfunction.

Craniosacral treatments can improve central nervous system function and complement the body’s natural healing process, as well as help bolster resistance to disease.  By using a light touch, the CST practitioner evaluates the craniosacral system and releases detected restrictions.

CranioSacral Therapy can be beneficial in treating a variety of conditions including chronic pain and sports injury.  Additional benefits, such as relief from chronic fatigue, reduced migraines and improved post-surgical dysfunction have also been reported by patients.