- Alternative & Natural Medicine
The Therapeutic Value of the CranioSacral System
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) works by locating and evaluating problems throughout the body by using a gentle hands-on technique which assists the body’s natural healing. CST helps to release pain and illness that the body has been unable to overcome on its own.
The CranioSacral System (CSS) is a tough waterproof membrane (the Dura Mater) that envelops the brain and spinal cord, the masters of our nervous system, and pituitary and pineal glands. An important function of this system is the production, circulation and reabsorption of cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid is produced within the CranioSacral System and maintains the physiological environment in which your brain and nervous system develop, live, function and communicate.
The production and reabsorption of fluid within the Dura Matter Membrane produces a continuous rhythmic pulsing flow of fluid that circulates through the CSS and is vital to the functioning of all systems. It is similar to a semi-closed hydraulic pump that expands and contracts. It is this system that plays a key role in maintaining good health. The parts of the CranioSacral System that can be easily felt are the bones of the skull, sacrum and coccyx because they are attached to the Dura Mater Membrane. If there is a blockage or slowdown of fluid, it is an indication of a physical dysfunction and a deterioration of the CranioSacral System. The objectives are to feel the rhythmic pulse, the quality of the membranes mobility, and to release any abnormal restrictions or tensions that interfere with the fluids rhythmic flow
The CranioSacral Therapist can explore the movement of the bones and tissues beneath the skin and their relationship to each other by using palpation, the art of using touch to examine the body. The mobility of muscles, ligaments, and tendons around a joint can be evaluated by this hands-on method. The motion of one bone in relation to another can be felt. Even the electromagnetic field surrounding the body can be monitored by palpation. A light touch can examine a body without evoking a resistant reaction.
Fascia, a connective tissue, has several functions. To begin, it holds us together like a stocking under the skin. Moreover, it keeps our organs in place and it provides a sheath for every nerve to the largest bone in the body. The total body fascia is a single system. When an injury occurs, there is a biochemical change of the fascia that changes its texture. The electromagnetics of the body and its nervous system are also affected. The CranioSacral therapist can make a journey anywhere in the body by using the fascia as a vehicle because all body parts are interconnected. This means that abnormal tension patterns in the fascia may be transmitted from one body part to another.
The Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy enhance and rejuvenate the body’s natural healing processes. It is also effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and illness; such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, vertigo, stress, asthma, jaw problems, Fibromyalgia, injuries, sciatica and headaches.
I am still in awe of the inner communication network of our physical bodies and the CranioSacral System. I have found that the body consciousness knows exactly what it needs in order to release restricted energy, and more importantly, CranioSacral Therapy can assist in this natural healing process.
Many people have included CST as a part of their wellness program. They find a renewed sense of clarity, vitality and health.