Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle, non-invasive touch method of enhancing the function of the cranial system – a physiological body system comprised of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Craniosacral therapy involves all of the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium and extend to the lower end of the spine or sacrum. As the craniosacral system is closely related to the nervous system, imbalances in the craniosacral system can cause dysfunction in the brain, spinal cord and spinal nerves.
Using this light-touch method, the certified craniosacral specialists at Aurora Health Care can help ease pain, improve function, and complementthe body's natural healing processes.
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive technique based upon the belief that our bodies know how to heal themselves and will, given the proper assistance.
The craniosacral system includes a palpable rhythm or pulse that helps practitioners to determine whether or not the body is functioning properly and where there are "restrictions." These restrictions are the result of either physical or emotional trauma.
Physical trauma may include injuries from car accidents, surgeries, birth complications, sprains, strains and even infections.
Often emotional trauma is stored in our bodies as restrictions, and unless these emotional traumas are released, the body won't heal and the restrictions can continue to cause pain and may be the cause of additional problems.
During Your Craniosacral Therapy Session
During your session, your craniosacral therapist will evaluate your whole body for restrictions, find the areas of imbalance and works to correct it. You will remain clothed during your entire session.
Many people report a deep sense of relaxation during the session. Others experience memories, emotions or physical sensations that can often provide them with specific insight and assist them in making positive life changes.
Who Can Benefit from Craniosacral Therapy?
Anyone who regularly deals with stresses of life can benefit from craniosacral therapy. Craniosacral therapy can induce a deep state of relaxation, which can help balance the mind and body and promote healing.
How Many Crasniosacral Therapy Sessions Will I Need?
Initial sessions may be once or twice per week. Some people report complete relief after their first session, while others require additional sessions over the course of several weeks.
Often the benefits of craniosacral therapy are subtle and occur over time. Clients with chronic conditions may require long-term therapy, although the frequency of sessions usually reduces over time.
Craniosacral therapy may be effective in the treatment of:
- Migraine Headaches
- Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Motor Coordination Impairments
- Frozen shoulder
- Stress, Tension, Emotional and Depression Related Difficulties
- TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint Problems)
- Chronic Fatigue
- Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Fibromyalgia and other Connective Tissue Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Post-Surgical Dysfunction
- Whiplash injuries
- Hormonal imbalances, menstrual pain, PMS
- Problems during and after pregnancy
- Birth trauma
- Tinnitus and middle ear problems
- Cerebral Palsy
- Asthma, Sinusitis, Bronchitis
How Did Craniosacral Therapy Originate?
Craniosacral therapy was developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger, DO, OMM. Dr. Upledger based his work on the theories of William Sutherland, an osteopath who discovered intrinsic movements of the bones of a skull in the early 1900s. Dr. Sutherland noted that cranial bones move at the sutures and are not fused, as had been taught in medical schools.
Dr. Upledger began his research on craniosacral therapy in the 1970s, and founded the Upledger Institute in 1982.
Our Craniosacral Therapists/Contact/Make An Appointment
Craniosacral therapist Greg Jolly, WMCT, CST (certified through the Upledger Institute)
Aurora Center for Well Being at Aurora Wiselives Center
8320 West Bluemound Rd., Suite 125 A
Wauwatosa, WI 53213