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The Therapeutic Value of CranioSacral Therapy

While the validity of the cardiovascular and respiratory rhythms are undisputed today, for eons the very existence of these systems sparked debate in medical communites around the globe.

Now for nearly 25 years, osteopathic Physician and researcher John E. Upldedger, D.O., O.M.M., has been a proponent of using the rhythm of another body system the craniosacral system to enhance body functioning, and help alleviate pain and discomfort.

The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid  that surrond and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area.

Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction in it could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems could include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities and other health challenges.

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your nervous system. You also benefit from better overall health and resistance to disease.

Because of its positive effect on so many body functions, CranioSacral Therapy is practiced today by a wide variety of healthcare professionals. They include medical doctors, doctors of chiropractic, doctors of Oriental medicine, naturopathic physicians, nurses, psychiatric specialists, psychologists, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and other professional bodyworkers.

The Foundations of CranioSacral Therapy

The history of CranioSacral Therapy dates back to the early 1900s, when osteopathic physician William Sutherland was struck by the unusual idea that the bones of the skull were structured to allow for movement. For more than 20 years he explored this concept, eventually developing a system of examination and treatment known as Cranial Osteopathy.

In 1970, Dr. John E. Upledger observed the rhythmic movement of the craniosacral system firsthand during surgery. Yet none of his colleagues nor any medical texts could explain his discovery. Two years later he attended a seminar that explained Sutherland's ideas, as well as some of his evaluation and treatment techniques.

Coupling a scientific background with tactile sensitivity, Dr. Upledger was quick to understand how a hydraulic system using cerebrospinal fluid might function inside a membranous sac encased within the skull and spinal canal. He incorporated and refined Dr. Sutherland's techniques with success.

Dr. Upledger then set out to scientifically confirm the existence of the craniosacral system. In 1975 he was asked to join the Osteopathic College at Michigan State University as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. There he led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers to test and document the influence of therapy on the craniosacral system.

For the first time they were able to explain, in both scientific and practical terms, the function of the craniosacral system. They also demonstrated how this system could be used to evaluate and treat malfunctions involving the brain and spinal cord, as well as a myriad of other health problems that were previously misunderstood.

Dr. Upledger's continued work in the field resulted in his development of CranioSacral Therapy.In the decades since his initial research, Dr. Upledger has written three textbooks that detail the functioning of the craniosacral system.

He has also written two books explaining CranioSacral Therapy to the public: Your Inner Physician and You and A Brain Is Born: Exploring the Birth and Development of the Central Nervous System.

In 1985, Dr. Upledger established The Upledger Institute, Inc., a clinical and educational resource center founded to teach the public and healthcare practitioners about the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy. To date, The Upledger Institute has trained more than 38,000 healthcare practitioners worldwide in the use of CranioSacral Therapy.

How Is CranioSacral Therapy Performed?

The CranioSacral Therapy practitioner uses a light touch - generally no more than the weight of a nickel - to test for restrictions in the craniosacral system. This is done by monitoring the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid as it flows through the system.

While experienced clinicians can detect that motion anywhere on your body, they can most easily feel it at the skull, sacrum and coccyx. These bones attach to the membranes that enclose the cerebrospinal fluid.

The positive effects of CranioSacral Therapy rely to a large extent on your body's natural self-corrective activities. The therapist's light, hands-on approach simply assists the hydraulic forces inherent in the craniosacral system to improve your body's internal environment - and strengthen its ability to heal itself.

"To me, the practice of CranioSacral Therapy is a miracle. After my accident I felt ungrounded and off center for a very long time, both physically and in mental function, in spite of massage, physical therapy, chiropractic care and psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress. CranioSacral Therapy was the only treatment that got to the core of what was wrong. Until then, no one had acknowledged the physical cause of what I had been experiencing. So, again, thank you for being there."
-D.J., New York, NY

What Conditions Does CranioSacral Therapy Address?

CranioSacral Therapy strengthens your body's ability to take better care of you. It helps alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Stress - and Tension-Related Problems
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Chronic-fatigue
  • Scoliosis
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Tempromandibular Joint Syndrome (TM)
  • Learnind Disabilities
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • And Many Other Condition

How To Locate Practitioners Skilled in CranioSacral Therapy

The Upledger Institute maintains UI HealthPlex Clinical Services at its headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Designed especially for those seeking CranioSacral Therapy and other complementary techniques, the clinic is staffed by physicians and therapists of all disciplines.

In additon to individual sessions, UI HealthPlex offers a number of one - and two-week intensive therapy programs, including those for brain and spinal cord dysfunctions, autism, learning disabilities and pain.

You can also locate healthcare professionals through the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP) membership directory. Please call The Upledger Institute at 561-622-4706 for details.

"Many patients believe that life is difficult and healing is painful. CranioSacral Therapy helps them let go of that belief. The healing process can be much more gentle and subtle."
-S.H., Abbeville, LA

"CranioSacral Therapy is subtle in its approach yet powerful in its effectiveness."
-D.A., Key West, FL


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