Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a specialized treatment stemming from osteopathic roots, developed by John Upledger, DO. It is described as a hands-on treatment that targets the soft tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

While it is not related to modern massage, it does use a hands-on targeted approach that is softer than massage. The gentle pressure of craniosacral therapy is meant to loosen the restrictions impacting the surrounding area of the nervous system. Loosening these restrictions brings relief from many specific symptoms.

The underlying premise is that restrictions in and around the brain and spinal cord prevent proper circulation of cerebrospinal fluid, blood, and lymphatic fluid. Restrictions develop as a result of our stressful lifestyles; work, family, autoimmune conditions, environmental issues, childhood trauma, and a host of other factors.

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For Adults

Because CST is a hands-on, light-to-the-touch treatment, it can often be a beneficial treatment for older adults who suffer from chronic pain. Additionally, CST has been used in conjunction with treatments for traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, joint pain, autoimmune disorders and Lyme disease.

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For Brain Health

CST can also have an impact on brain health, as it has been used to treat traumatic brain injury and migraine headaches. CST not only addresses the physical pain side of brain health, but also the psychosocial, addressing such issues such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

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For Children

CST is also beneficial for children. Issues such as colic, autism, ADHD, behavioral and learning disorders can be addressed by utilizing CST. Dr. Upledger studied CST for children with autism and found that it improved their social skills, along with the ability to show feelings of affection to others.

Considering all of the possibilities of CST and the significant benefits it can have on your overall health, it would be essential to look into and see if it’s a therapeutic treatment that would be right for you. Your brain is sensitive to the stresses of everyday life, both past and present, and a healing touch can provide much needed relief from your symptoms.