CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

Craniosacral Therapist - Margaret StahlerWhat is it?

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, light touch therapy that works with the fascial component of the body.  This fascial component covers everything from the smallest nerve and muscle fibers to muscle bundles, to entire muscles, organs, bones and underlying the skin.  When it is properly functioning, it is responsible for everything slipping passed the other affording maximum efficiency and mobility.  When this fascia is injured by trauma, surgery, inflammation or infection, neighboring fascial components can stick together impairing function and mobility.  Any injury to the body activates its healing mechanisms.  In this process of healing fascial layers get stuck together.  In addition, sometimes in this healing process nerve endings can get entrapped and create pain.  By eliminating the adhesions mobility is restored and entrapped nerves are released.  Generally, when the body removes the adhesions through CST they do not return.

Who does it?

A Craniosacral Therapist is trained to gently assist your body in working with areas of adhesion by helping it line up lines of tension so that it can dissolve the connections and restore the proper relationship between neighboring fascial components.  Like all professions there are levels of training, experience, and expertise for CST therapists.  It is always a good idea to ask about a therapists training and experience.

Who can benefit from this work?

Most everyone has experienced several traumas throughout their lives.  They range from falling off a bicycle or horse, to motor vehicle accidents, other types of falls, surgery, sporting injuries and the like.  Therefore, most anyone can benefit from this therapy.  It is especially helpful in cases of whiplash, low back injury and/or pain, mid back pain, shoulder injuries, neck pain, headaches, and migraines.  It is especially helpful for older individuals and can be very helpful in eliminating colic in babies.

What would I expect at a session?

CST is usually performed while the patient is fully clothed and lying on their back on a massage table.  There is relatively little pain experienced by the patient due to the light touch.  Many patients find that by releasing the soft tissue, a misaligned vertebrae can readjust itself much the same as a more forceful spinal adjustment.  The therapist will explain the procedure and answer any questions that you have during the session.

How many sessions will it take to fix the problem?

This is a question asked by most every patient.  The number of treatments and the length of time between treatments are different in each situation.  An evaluation will be made at the initial visit but how long and how many visits really depend on the length of time you have had the problem and the speed at which your body is able to heal.  Our injuries to our body are like layers of a onion.  How fast we get to the core of the problem depends on the number of layers.

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