Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch technique of correcting imbalances in the craniosacral system so that the body can self-correct and heal naturally. The craniosacral system is part of the central nervous system, and is comprised of the bones of the skull, the sacrum, the craniosacral fluids and the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
As the control center of the body, the central nervous system influences every other major body system and function. That means that imbalances to the craniosacral system can cause a wide range of sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities, and may include other deficits, including pain, feeding problems, irritability, and asymmetrical head shape.
CST works to support the central nervous system and release restrictions throughout the body, and because it is done in a gentle, non-invasive manner, it is virtually risk free. An area in which its application has been shown to be of help is in addressing problems with head shape and skull-bone alignment without the use of remodeling orthotic devices such as bands or helmets.
A thesis written in 2003 for the University of Michigan studied the progress of an infant receiving craniosacral therapy over the course of a three-month period, during which they were seen eight times. According to the author, the child made significant progress in all areas, with a marked change in both head shape and posture.
Similarly, a study published in 1996 posited that craniosacral therapy may prove to be the most effective tool in treating gastroesophageal reflux, due to eliminating or reducing restrictions that impact the vagus nerve (which, when impinged, is the cause of GER).
According to the Upledger Institute, the leading specialists in the area, CST has also proven to be effective at improving and maintaining a healthy immune system. Not only that, because of its non-invasive qualities, it can enhance other therapies delivered by early-intervention medical teams.
In the years since its inception, there have been no apparent adverse side effects for treatment, and significant gains have been observed in dealing with a multitude of conditions, either by reducing their symptoms or altogether avoiding them.
At TLC Kids Therapy, craniosacral therapy is offered as part of any therapy session and can vary in length as needed during treatment. We have observed its benefits firsthand and are always happy to chat with parents about whether it may be recommended for your child, so please don’t hesitate to ask your therapist.