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Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on healing modality that focuses on the wave-like rhythmic pulse that goes through the entire body. This therapy stems from osteopathy, which is an approach that emphasizes the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease.
In a typical one- to two-hour session, the client lies quietly, fully clothed, while the practitioner makes light contact at selected points around the head, torso, knees, and feet. This light contact consists of gentle finger pressure, with no bone manipulation or forceful thrusts such as those used in chiropractic work, bone-setting, or osteopathy.
Craniosacral therapy does no harm when practiced sensitively and respectfully by a trained practitioner. It may support an attitude shift in clients toward a more direct and intimate sense of their own wellbeing, a feeling of "being more at peace with oneself." It may also support a natural shift to self-acceptance, a more natural capacity for loving relations, and a sense of being connected to life.
Some people use craniosacral therapy as an adjunct to other forms of treatment, including migraine headache, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma of any kind, post-surgical recovery, TMJ, and others.
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How you can benefit from Craniosacral Therapy
The Cranial sacral therapy benefits can include easing a number of conditions such as headache and migraines, neck, back and dental pain, nervous disorders and hyper activity. Also known as craniosacral therapy or craniosacral osteopathy, it is practised widely by physical therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, occupational therapists, massage therapists, and even some dentists. The proponents of cranial sacral therapy believe that the benefits of the treatment may have an effect on many other areas of a patient’s life, including focus, concentration and emotional balance.
The therapist uses light manipulation to assess and increase the physiological functioning of the body. Relaxing the restrictions of the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, along with the natural process of self-regulation will assist the body in finding balance. Cranial sacral treatments may typically last one hour, and might start at the sacrum working up to the head, however the therapist will attend to specific areas as needed. The number of treatments required will vary according to the nature and severity of the ailment or damage to the system.
Many people experience relief from symptoms that appear completely unrelated to the cranial system, such as the ability to stand straighter, breathe deeply and more efficiently. Some may also notice increased energy levels, better sleep patterns and an improvement in general health, as well as improved communication in personal relationships. The benefits will vary according to the individual, as everyone has a unique brain chemistry and nervous system.
Craniosacral therapy is intended to increase and normalize the flow of cerebrospinal fluid through the bones of the head, the spine and the pelvis, thereby restoring health to sufferers of a range of health conditions. Like traditional Chinese medicine, the healing method aims to remove blockages in healthy flow, which result in the manifestation of disease. However, instead of working energetically, craniosacral therapy works with the tissues and fluids surrounding the central nervous system.
According to craniosacral therapists, the treatment may relieve pain, joint problems, chronic fatigue, depression, hyperactivity and various diseases affecting the nervous, immune or endocrine systems. However, given the dramatic difference between a craniosacral framework and the scientific medical model, these results are not necessarily borne out by scientific trials. According to the American Cancer Society, the therapy has not been proven to treat cancer or any other disease, but may relieve stress and tension.
Scientifically Demonstrated Benefits
In a 2009 study published in "Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine", researchers found that individuals with fibromyalgia experienced a significant improvement in pain, quality of life, sleep quality and anxiety after 25 weeks of craniosacral therapy. In a 2009 study published in "Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice", researchers studied the effects of craniosacral therapy on the condition of the lower urinary tract among patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). The study found that regular craniosacral therapy relieved the lower urinary tract symptoms and improved the patients' quality of life considerably.
Debate and Contention
As craniosacral therapy does not fit within the model of health used in western medical science, its benefits are open to widespread contention among medical doctors and scientific researchers. Relatively few studies have demonstrated the modality's effectiveness. The University of Minnesota acknowledges craniosacral therapy's benefits in reducing chronic pain and healing stress or trauma-related disorders, as well as improving the rate of recovery after surgery. However, western science has not conclusively affirmed the craniosacral model for health, that cerebrospinal fluid has an optimal rhythm or wave of movement. If you are interested in using craniosacral therapy to alleviate a health condition, ask your primary care physician to refer you to a reputable complementary and alternative medical center. Many hospitals have such centers on-site for patients with serious chronic diseases.