Craniosacral therapy (CST), as a type of alternative therapy, is a form of physiotherapy that massages the head, reducing bone compression of the head, sacrum (triangular bone in the lower back), and spine.
Cranio sacral therapy is a non – invasive procedure that uses gentle pressure on the head, neck, or back to reduce stress and pain from muscle cramps and can therefore help treat some problems.
It is thought that rubbing the bones of the skull, spine, and pelvis with the hand can normalize the flow of spinal fluid in the central nervous system. Therefore this removes existing “blockages” from the normal flow of spinal fluid and increases the body’s ability to heal. Many massage therapists, physio therapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors are able to perform cranio sacral therapy.
Although this can be part of a planned treatment session or the only goal of your treatment plan. Depending on how the CST is used for treatment, you can benefit from between 3 and 10 sessions. Your health care provider will help you determine what is right for you.
What are the benefits and applications of CTS or head massage?
CST can help reduce pressure on the head, neck, or back. This method and head massage can relieve pain by releasing stress and physical and emotional tension. It is also thought to help the skull move and relieve cramps in the head, neck, and nerves.
Cranio sacral therapy can be used for all age groups. And it can be part of the treatment for problems such as the following:
Migraines and headaches, Asthma Epilepsy, Speech importance, Multiple sclerosis, neuralgia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome ( IBS )
Ear infections or colic in infants
Mood disorders such as anxiety or depression
There is a lot of evidence that CST is an effective treatment, but more research is needed to prove this.
Evidence suggests that this method can relieve stress and tension. Although there is other evidence to suggest , this method can only be effective for children under 7 years of age. But other studies suggest that CST may be a part of an effective treatment plan for certain problems and conditions. And also a study found that using this method is effective in reducing the symptoms of people with migraine problems. Another study found that people suffering from fibro myalgia had their symptoms relieved by using a head massage or CST.
Side effects and risks of craniosacral therapy
The most common side effects of cranio sacral therapy with an occupational therapist are feelings of mild discomfort after treatment. But this is often temporary and goes away within 24 hours. Certain people should not use this method. These are people who have problems like the following:
Severe bleeding disorders
In addition history of severe recent head injuries that may include cranial bleeding or skull fractures Techniques:
When you see a therapist, he or she will ask you about your symptoms and a history of problems. You do not need to take off your clothes during the treatment, so wear comfortable clothes. Each session lasts about 15 minutes. You will probably start by lying on your back on the massage table. A therapist can start with your head, legs or back.
Using a pressure of 5 grams the therapist gently grabs your foot, head or sacrum to listen to their rhythm. If they feel it is necessary, they may apply gentle pressure or change your body position to normalize CSF flow. They may use tissue relaxation methods while holding one of your limbs.
How will you feel after CST?
During treatment, some people experience different conditions, such as:
Feeling deeply relaxed.
Falling asleep and remembering memories after waking up or seeing colors.
Feeling the beats.
Muscle numbness (numbness).
Feeling hot or cold.
Gilchrest, Roger – Craniosacral Therapy And The Energetic
This useful book discusses CTS ‘s history and present situation as well as its spiritual implications and contributions in health care. Gilchrist demonstrates how the subtle patterns of this practice become a dynamic force in the body. And how this influences overall functioning. What most sets the book apart is Gilchrist s discussion of the relationship of CTS and bio dynamic functions to the human energy system. Though dealing with a complicated topic, the book provides a grounded, progressive approach that is both specific and insightful.
Craniosacral Therapy for Babies and Small Children
This unique book shows, through pictures and step – by – step instructions, how to give a baby a full CST. The authors approach babies as conscious beings who endure ermous stress during the birth process. They show how CST can help restore the correct alignments in babies’ bodies, freeing them to grow and attain their maximum potential without hindrance. The book focuses on what a trained CS therapist can do to remove the blockages that often arise during birth. It addresses both hands – on techniques and awareness of how to interact with a baby and what responses to expect.