What is CranioSacral Therapy?
Colorado Springs CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction. CranioSacral therapy - or sometimes written as Cranial Sacral Therapy - is used for a variety of health problems. It is especially beneficial for head injuries, concussions, headaches, TMJ (jaw pain), bite misalignment and brain function problems. It is an effective, very gentle treatment for many chronic pain conditions.
CranioSacral therapy was modernized by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.
"Cranio" is short for Cranium, meaning your skull or head, and sacral is a derivation of sacrum, a large triangular bone at the base of the spine. So the word CranioSacrial is depicting the relationship and interconnectedness between the skull and base of the spine.
Who Can Perform CranioSacral Therapy?
Dr. Kirby Gengler, Colorado Springs Chiropractor, is an expert in CranioSacral therapy, working with skull, face, jaw and spine to re-align the CranioSacral system. This is highly unique among Colorado Springs Chiropractors, and Chiropractors nationwide. It is not a technique typically learned in Chiropractic College. Most Chiropractors focus their practice on the neck, back and hips, and the skull and jaw are often neglected and overlooked. Dr. Gengler addresses alignment head-to-toe. CranioSacral work is very specific, highly-technical, and can have a major impact on the way the jaw functions, how the skull sits on the spine, facial symmetry and more. This technique is ideal prior to any dental work, just as braces.
How does CranioSacral Therapy Work?
The central nervous system controls, and regulates nearly every function in the body. The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system. The central nervous system (CNS) is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system - the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.
The craniosacral system is the support system for the brain and spinal cord. It provides protection, oxygen, and nutrition to the brain and spinal cord.
Every day, your body endures stresses and strains that you naturally adapt to and compensate for. Poor posture, repetitive work, chronic injury, poor spinal mechanics - all can tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. Those tensions effect the brain and other parts of the body.
Stress and tension around the brain and spinal cord is not a good thing. Distortions in the spine and skull can change the normal fluids mechanics in the brain and spinal cord. These distortions can reduce oxygen, reduce nutrition, and cause waste removal problems to the brain and spinal cord.
CranioSacral Therapy reduces the tensions and distortions around the central nervous system. This can create healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using methods of touch. With a light touch, Dr. Gengler uses his hands to evaluate the craniosacral system. By gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid, and by feeling pulsing around the brain and spinal cord, Dr. Gengler can evaluate the craniosacral system.
Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system. By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body's ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
What conditions does CranioSacral Therapy address?
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Infant and Childhood Disorders
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
- TMJ Syndrome
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Orthopedic Problems
How many CranioSacral Therapy sessions will I need?
Response to CST varies from individual to individual and condition to condition. Your response is uniquely your own and can't be compared to anyone else's - even those cases that may appear to be similar to your own. The number of sessions needed varies widely - from just one up to three or more a week over the course of several weeks.