Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy from Whole Child Wellness

By: Whole Child Wellness   06/05/2014

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John Upledger, DO following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. Dr. Upledger, DO then started the Upledger Institute to further his passion and share it with other practitioners. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system—comprised of the cranial bones, cerebrospinal fluid and the membranes. The membranes surround the brain and spinal cord like a wetsuit and the cranial bones sit on top. The system works together to pump CSF throughout the system. CST is a very calm and relaxing therapy, children can read, listen to music, watch TV or play with their toys during a session. The practitioner will feel for the CST rhythm by placing their hands on the cranial bones using a soft touch generally no greater than five grams, or about the weight of a nickel, restrictions are released in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. The CST rhythm is the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pumping from the head down through the spine. The CSF is produced within the brain itself and contracts at a normal rate of 6 to 12 cycles per minute, creating the rhythm. The proper pumping of the CSF is important for our body, its functions include: Removing waste and toxins from cerebral metabolism Protecting the brain & spinal cord Supplying nutrients to the nervous system

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