Craniosacral therapy is a type of bodywork that uses gentle touch to manipulate the bones of the head, spine, and pelvis. This therapy is designed to relieve pain and tension in the body by correcting imbalances in the craniosacral system, which includes the fluids and tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Craniosacral therapists use a light touch to palpate the skull, spine, and pelvis and detect any restrictions or imbalances in the craniosacral system. This therapy can treat various conditions, including headaches, back pain, stress, and TMJ disorders.
The Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy techniques can be an effective treatment for many different types of conditions. This therapy can help to relieve pain by reducing inflammation and tension in the muscles as well as tissues. Craniosacral therapy can also help to improve the motion range and joint flexibility. This therapy can also be used to improve lymphatic drainage and promote relaxation.
Craniosacral therapy is a safe and gentle treatment that can be used on people of all ages, from infants to seniors. This type of therapy is generally very well tolerated by patients and has few side effects.
How Craniosacral Therapy is Performed
Craniosacral therapists use a light touch to palpate the skull, spine, and pelvis. Next, the therapist will look for any restrictions or imbalances in the craniosacral system. Once these imbalances are detected, the therapist will use gentle techniques to release any restrictions in the tissues. These techniques may include gentle rocking, stretching, or pressure on the skull, spine, or pelvis points.
Here are four simple techniques that you can try:
1. Sacral Mobilization
This technique is excellent for relieving lower back pain. To do it, sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Then, place your hands on your sacrum (the triangular bone at the base of your spine) and rock gently from side to side for 30 seconds to a minute.
2. Cranial Release
This technique is helpful for tension headaches and people who tend to hold a lot of tension in their jaws. To do it, sit in a comfortable position with your eyes closed. Then, place your hands on your forehead just above your eyebrows and apply gentle pressure while making small circles for 30 seconds to a minute.
3. Neck Release
This is good for people who spend a lot of time looking at screens (which is pretty much all of us these days!). To do it, sit up tall and interlace your fingers behind your head. Then, apply gentle pressure while drawing your elbows back and down for 30 seconds to a minute.
4. Spinal Release
This great all-over technique can help relieve back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Place your hands on your lower back and apply pressure while arching your back for 30 seconds to a minute.
Craniosacral therapy can be an effective treatment for many different types of conditions. This gentle therapy can help to relieve pain, improve range of motion, and promote relaxation. If you are interested in trying craniosacral therapy, find a qualified therapist in your area.