Craniosacral Therapy

What Is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy involves two forms of gentle manipulation.

  • The therapist may exert a slight pressure on the sutures or connections between the cranial (head) bones.
  • The therapist also places a small amount of pressure to distract the head, neck, or spine.
  • These adjustments are believed to restore balance to the nervous system and surrounding structures that support it.

    What Is the Background of Craniosacral Therapy?

  • Two doctors of osteopathy are generally credited with the development of the theories and techniques that we now know as craniosacral therapy.
  • In the 1930s and 1940s, Dr. William Sutherland developed the concept of cranial osteopathy, noting that gentle manipulation around the head and neck could have a profound benefit for people with a wide array of problems.
  • In the 1970s, Dr. John Upledger rediscovered this technique and has helped to advance the therpeutic approach and scientific basis.
  • There is evidence that slight play or movement exists between the cranial sutures (connection between the bones that make up the skull).
  • There is evidence of a rhythmic flow or rhythm of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), the fluid that cushions the brain and spinal cord.
  • While it is difficult to show scientifically, our understanding is that with certain physical or emotional problems there may be a disturbance in the movement of the sutures and normal rhythmic flow of the CSF. The hope is that gentle manual treatment by a therapist can restore the normal pattern of movement in these areas.

    What are the Indications for Craniosacral Therapy?

  • Migraine and tension headaches, temporomandibular joint pain and other facial pain problems
  • Neck, shoulder girdle and lower back pain
  • Post-traumatic injuries of the head and neck and whiplash
  • More generalized problems such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Problems with alertness, concentration or memory
  • Anxiety and stress-related problems

    What are the Contraindications for Craniosacral Therapy?

  • There are no specific contraindications to craniosacral therapy

    60-minute session — $80
    30-minute session — $45
    15-minute session — $25


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