CranioSacral Therapy Compliments Traditional Medical Care
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. CranioSacral Therapy is documented to benefit the body in a number of ways; from improving overall health and resistance to disease to alleviating a wide range of specific medical conditions, including, but not limited to the following:
• Bells Palsy
• Birth Trauma
• Blood Pressure Problems
• Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
• Brain problems
• Chronic Fatigue
• Chronic Neck & Back pain
• Chronic Pain Syndrome
• Chronic Pelvic Pain
• Colic & Other Infantile Disorders
• Connective Tissue Disorders
• Digestive problems
• Emotional Difficulties
• Immune Disorders
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Learning Disabilities
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Muscular Aches
• Nervous System Disorders
• Orthopedic Problems
• Post-Surgical Dysfunction
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Seizure Disorders
• Sleep Disorders
• Spinal Pain
• Stress & Tension Related Problems
• Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
• Tounge Tie
• Traumatic Brain/Spinal Cord Injuries
• Vision Problems
• and much more...
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a unique whole-person approach to health and healing that is one of the most gentle, yet powerful forms of alternative treatment available. Car accidents, sports injuries, falls and impact injuries respond incredibly well to this work. When applied shortly after an accident, it can prevent trauma from settling into the soft tissues of your body. For older injuries, the sessions can release trauma from the body's connective tissue and nervous system. CranioSacral Therapy is not a massage. It is however a gentle, relaxing, light touch, non-invasive, highly effective hands on way to work deep within the body that can be safely used on patients of all ages, from newborns to senior citizens as well as on those with varying degrees of pain. The goal is to remove long standing restrictions, stresses and strain patterns in order to enable your body's innate self-healing ability, which is always seeking to restore you to vitality and wholeness.
CranioSacral Therapy is more relaxing than a massage, the results are long-lasting and usually permanent, since changes come from your own system. CST is profound enough to change the way your bones move, yet gentle enough to be used safely in situations where other therapies may be unsafe, such as after surgery, after an accident, on infants and the elderly or during pregnancy. It balances, relaxes and re-sets your central nervous system. As this happens, clients often feel warm and heavy, or as if they're floating. Many feel like they have traveled to a deep, quiet place within themselves, feeling calm, extremely relaxed, centered, refreshed, and re-energized.
Your session may help you completely release something that has never ‘gone away’. It may make you feel more comfortable or function better if you've been diagnosed with a chronic or irreversible condition, or it may simply allow you to feel more relaxed and in touch with your body. Some people report life altering experiences during or after a session as they rediscover their own health and original wholeness.
About Dr. John Upledger
CranioSacral Therapy was pioneered and developed by Dr. John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. Dr. John E Upledger gained global recognition for his pioneering advancements in the field of manual therapy, in particular, CranioSacral Therapy. His development of CranioSacral Therapy and the work of Upledger Institute International led to Dr. Upledger serving on the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council for the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., and his being named in TIME magazine as one of America’s "Next Wave of Innovators" for his proven clinical applications of this therapy. Trained as a surgeon and clinical researcher, Dr. Upledger's in-depth investigation into the field of cranial manipulation was prompted by an observation of a dural membrane rhythmic motion during a patient’s neck surgery in the early 1970s. After much research, Dr. Upledger theorized that cranial bones allowed for movement into adulthood – a concept previously accepted only for infants. Dr. Upledger's curiosity on this controversial position led to his work with a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University where he served as a Professor of Biomechanics and clinical researcher from 1975 – 1983. They were tasked with proving or disproving the basic tenets of cranial manipulative techniques: the movement of cranial bones. Dr. Upledger's success with alleviating pain and dysfunction through the use of CranioSacral Therapy fueled his dream to help vast numbers of people. In 1985, he founded The Upledger Institute, to continue advancing and spreading the word of this effective, light-touch modality to healthcare providers worldwide. As Dr. Upledger's reputation garnered attention worldwide and the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy became widely accepted, the Upledger clinic attracted patients from celebrities like Brooke Shields to professional athletes such as multiple Olympic medalist Mary Ellen Clark to high profile cases such as the 2-year-old Egyptian twin boys who were born joined at the top of their heads. http://www.upledger.com/
Did You Know?
The Central Nervous System is composed of the brain and spinal cord and controls and directs all of our body processes. Inside the vertebral column, the brain and spinal cord are surrounded by membranes of connective tissue. These membranes contain the cerebrospinal fluid, which bathes and protects and nourishes the tissues of the brain and spinal cord, just as blood nourishes the other cells and tissues of our bodies. In addition, these membranes also form a sleeve around each spinal nerve as it leaves the protection of the vertebral column. Injuries, disease, stress or trauma anywhere in the body can cause restrictions in the free movement of these membranes. These restrictions can impede the flow of nutrients to the cells or actually put pressure on the exiting nerves, causing pain, dysfunction or both.
All the nerves and blood vessels going to and from the brain and spinal cord pass through the dura mater membrane. Abnormal tension in this membrane which puts pressure on the nerves can disrupt the functioning of the central nervous system, causing many neurological problems. The central nervous system is responsible, among other things, for transmitting pain impulses to the brain. Pressure on veins coming out of the skull can decrease fluid drainage out of the skull, reducing the nutrition and oxygen to the brain and spinal cord. In addition, the pituitary gland, the master hormone gland of the body, sits at the base of the brain directly on the dura mater. Thus, abnormal membrane tension can have profound effects not only on the brain and spinal cord, but on the rest of the body as well.