ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

Craniosacral therapy, effectively a branch of osteopathy , supports the view that the skull bones are not completely fused and immobile. Whereas the orthodox world considers the only mobile joints involving the skull to be at the point where the cranium attaches to the spinal column and at the jaw, this is in fact not the case: minute movements are measurable all over the skull. The craniosacral therapist considers this movement to be relevant because the covering of the brain – the dura – will move with the skull bones. Movement will therefore apply pressures to the brain and thereby affect the entire nervous system.

By exerting very light pressure on the cranium the therapist treats the whole craniosacral system, which also includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord. Firstly the cranial pulse is palpated, to give information about the condition of the craniosacral system, and then the skull bones are gendy manipulated in order to release any distortions. These can be the result of the cranial bones becoming misaligned or jammed after birth, injury, or even dental work. Pain anywhere from the head all the way down the spinal column can arise, and gentle traction of these bones, by releasing the internal tensions, will relieve it.

Any problem involving neurological supply may be created by cranial misalignment and successfully treated by this form of therapy. In principle most, if not all, health problems will have some neurological involvement and therefore craniosacral therapy may benefit most conditions. It has been found to be particularly useful in treating chronic pain, migraines, sinusitis, certain eye problems, twisted spine and joint stiffness. Craniosacral therapy works with the body’s own healing ability, improves the functioning of the nervous system and brain, and so enhances general health and well-being.

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