Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is one of the many modern complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies developed in the later half of 20th century. The therapy was pioneered by osteopath William G. Sutherland in the 1930s however it was made popular by its chief proponent John Upledger in 1980.

Craniosacral therapy is a holistic therapy, meaning that it emphasizes subjective concepts such as energy, harmony, balance rhythm and flow. It involves the manipulation of the skull bones and sacrum to assuage pain and various other malignancies, even including cancer.

Craniosacral therapy Principles

Craniosacral therapists claim that they are able to detect a craniosacral "rhythm" in the cranium, sacrum, cerebrospinal fluid and the membranes which surround the craniosacral system. The balance and flow of this rhythm is considered essential to good health. Therapists measure the rhythm by their hand. Any needed or effected changes in rhythm are also detected only by the therapist's hands. No instrument is used to measure the rhythm or its changes, hence no systematic objective measurement of healthy versus unhealthy rhythms exists. The measurement, the therapy and the declared cure are all based subjectively.

Craniosacral therapy Application

The CranioSacral Therapy practitioner works with the patient to assist the body's self-correcting mechanisms. Generally using about five grams of pressure, the practitioner evaluates the body's craniosacral system. This system plays a vital role of maintaining the environment in which the central nervous system functions. It consists of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord as well as the attached bones - including the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, and the tailbone area, or sacrum. Since the brain and spinal cord are contained within the central nervous system, it is easy to see that the craniosacral system has powerful influence over a wide variety of bodily functions effect.

Craniosacral therapy Effects

Carniosacral therapy complements the body's natural healing process and thus acts as a preventive health measure for its role in bolstering resistance to disease. It is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction that includes:

Craniosacral Therapy and Science

There are various doubts raised over Craniosacral therapists by mainstream science. Facts suggests that skulls bones fuse by the end of adolescence and no research has ever demonstrated that manual manipulation can move the individual cranial bones. Many scientists claims that it is more a placebo effect which works with patients rather than any scientific principle.