Craniosacral Therapy

Nicole Money Physiotherapy & Pilates

Craniosacral therapy releases restrictions in the connective tissues in the head, neck, spine and pelvis. Restrictions in these tissues can develop after trauma (car accidents, falls), sports injuries, post-surgically and repetitive chronic injuries. By releasing restrictions in these tissues, movement is optimized and less stress is placed on the head, neck and spine, resulting in decreased pain and optimal tissue healing.

 

The central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) also benefit from releasing these tissue restrictions by reducing the amount of stress placed on the nervous system. This can assist in further reducing pain in these areas and allow for healing and recovery in complex injuries such as concussions, nerve pain and chronic pain conditions.

Conditions that may benefit from Craniosacral Therapy

Acute & Chronic Pain

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Headaches & Migraines

Vertigo & Dizziness

Post-Concussion Syndrome

Whiplash

Neck Pain & Stiffness

Facial Pain

Jaw Pain 

Post-Surgical Pain & Stiffness

Nerve Pain

Sports Injuries

Chronic Reoccurring Injuries 

Mid back Pain & Stiffness

Ribcage Pain

Lower back Pain & Stiffness

Tailbone pain 

Sciatica

Hip Pain & Stiffness

Recovery from a Car Accident

This list is not exhaustive. Other conditions also benefit from craniosacral therapy

What to Expect

During the initial assessment, a full medical history will be taken along with a discussion of a patients physical symptoms, concurrent therapies and goals for therapy.  A full assessment of the connective tissues in the head, neck, spine and pelvis will be evaluated using light touch and gentle mobilization. Through this assessment, any restrictions in the connective tissues (dural tissue) surrounding these areas will discovered and evaluated to determine if they could be contributing to a patient's symptoms and pain.

 

Following the assessment, a complete review of the findings and a discussion if craniosacral therapy is the most effective treatment for a patient's injuries and recovery will occur. 

 

During treatment, gentle mobilization techniques will be used to release any dural connective tissue restrictions in the head, neck, spine and pelvis. The techniques are gentle, yet effective, and tolerated well by most patients. 

Craniosacral Treatment

Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

The entire body is connected by a tissue called fascia. It surrounds the spinal cord, brain, nerves, muscles and organs. Accumulated stress on the body from trauma, surgeries, poor posture, sports injuries and repetitive injuries can impact the fascia system, creating adhesions. These fascia restrictions can disrupt the natural movement of many tissues in the body, contributing to physical symptoms such as headaches, neck pain, and chronic pain. 

 

Craniosacral therapy focuses on releasing fascia tissue restrictions in the dura mater, the connective tissue surrounding the spinal column and brain. Restrictions in the dura can create pain and movement restrictions in the head, neck, spine and pelvis as well as impact other systems in the body, such as the digestive system. When restrictions in the dura are released, less stress is placed on the spine and the tissues of the nervous system. This allows for a restoration of natural movement and flexibility in the head, neck, spine and pelvis as well as reducing pain levels and assisting the nervous balance to return to a more balanced state, which can assist in injury recovery and healing.

The Craniosacral System

After Treatment

Every patient will respond differently to craniosacral therapy. Some patients will feel fatigued after treatment, while other will experience an increase in energy. Most patients will notice a reduction of pain following a treatment and a calming of the nervous system; however, complex injuries and chronic pain conditions may require a few treatments before significant improvements are noticed.

If you have further questions or concerns regarding craniosacral therapy, or if you are not sure if this is best type of treatment for your health care needs, please contact the clinic.

For more information on craniosacral therapy, please visit: The Upledger Institute