Craniosacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John E. Upledger during the late 1970s and early 80s. While performing a surgical procedure, he noticed a pulse or rhythm which was not connected to the blood flow or breathing of his patient. He subsequently carried out extensive scientific studies into this phenomenon.
His research revealed that the rhythm was being generated by the craniosacral system, which consists of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This fluid moves in pulse-like waves from the head (cranium) to the base of the spine (sacrum). The craniosacral rhythm is also carried by the nerves to every other organ and tissue of the body.
In much the same way as an energetic and vibrant body relies on good circulation of blood, it also depends on a healthy and unrestricted flow of cerebrospinal fluid for the proper functioning of nerves, organs and connective tissues.
Craniosacral Therapy is a method of assessing and gently correcting the function of the craniosacral system through the bones of the head and lower spine. It is a very relaxing treatment, and can be done without removing any clothing. Any restrictions, compression or tightness in the craniosacral system can be diagnosed and treated using light touch techniques.
Many common childhood complaints arise from the physical trauma of birth, which can adversely affect the craniosacral system. Craniosacral Therapy is particularly suitable for babies and can even be done while the baby is asleep or being held in the mother’s arms. It can help to ease colic, establish feeding, regulate sleep and settle the fractious infant.
Craniosacral Therapy is also helpful for older children and adults. It can help to reduce recurrent ear infections, sinusitis and congestion. Children with autism, cerebral palsy and post operative trauma can also benefit from craniosacral therapy.