FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
How does CranioSacral Therapy (CST) work?
The CranioSacral System is comprised of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system (CNS). The CranioSacral System, therefore, has a direct impact on the proper functioning of the CNS.
As our bodies endure the stresses of everyday life, we develop tension and restrictions in the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord that, over time, begin to negatively affect the CNS. Because the CNS has direct impact on almost every other system in our bodies, the implications are far reaching.
The CST practitioner uses their hands to evaluate the CranioSacral System by testing the movement of the cerebral spinal fluid as it moves through the CNS. Gentle pressure (usually no more than 5 grams, or the weight of a nickle) is then used to release restrictions and allow the body to return to a more homeostatic state.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord, the body is better able to self-correct. Additionally, function of the endocrine system, digestive system, and immune system are enhanced, leading to a stronger, healthier, more resilient body.
What happens In a typical CST session?
Clients remain fully clothed during CST treatment. It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing to your appointment. Clients generally report a feeling of deep relaxation and sometimes feel like they fell asleep during treatment. The sensation of falling asleep is usually your body functioning in it’s self-corrective state and is the time when true healing is taking place. Directly afterwards, people often feel very grounded and comfortable within themselves. If pain has been an issue, many times there is already a noticeable difference in the degree of pain experienced.
What conditions does CST address?
Some examples of conditions that respond very well to CST are:
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Pain, including neck and back, lower back and hips, shoulders
- Depression and Anxiety
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrom (TMJ)
- Stress and Tension Related Disorders, including insomnia
- Chronic Fatigue
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Birth Trauma
Is there any condition for which CST shouldn’t be used?
Yes, there are a few situations when CST should not be used. These include any condition in which a variation or slight increase in intra-cranial pressure would cause instability. Acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other preexisting severe bleeding disorders are examples of conditions that could be affected by small intra-cranial pressure changes.
How many treatments will I need?
Every person is different and will have a different experience, even if they are being treated for the same issue. Sometimes just one session can make all the difference. However, if the issue is chronic and has been around a long time, it may take two or three sessions a week over a period of time to completely heal. You may notice that with each treatment, improvements are felt for a longer time between sessions. The ultimate goal is to get your tissues to move away from negative patterns and function at a normal, healthy level.
My baby cries all the time and does not sleep. Can CranioSacral Therapy help?
Constant crying and difficulty sleeping can have many causes. CranioSacral Therapy can help release restrictions that may be the result of the birth process. We are very resilient beings, but occasionally our bodies cannot self-correct on their own. CranioSacral Therapy can help infants return to their natural state of being and can help to relieve discomfort so they cry less and sleep more comfortably.
If your question has not been addressed here, please feel free to contact me via phone or email to be sure all your questions are answered.