Cranial sacral therapy (CST) is sometimes also referred to as CranioSacral therapy.
It’s a type of bodywork that relieves compression in the bones of the head, sacrum (a triangular bone in the lower back), and spinal column.
Cranial Sacral therapy CST to enhance the flow of cerebral spinal fluid through the head and spine.
Assists in autonomic nervous system regulation to help to turn down sympathetic overdrive.
Addresses the interfaces of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, such as at the myodural bridge where tensions can be broadcast up and down the entire dural system.
Works with the body’s fascial network to improve representation in the somato-sensory cortex.
CST is noninvasive. It uses gentle pressure on the head, neck, and back to relieve the stress and pain caused by compression. It can, as a result, help to treat a number of conditions.
It’s thought that through the gentle manipulation of the bones in the skull, spine, and pelvis, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system can be normalized. This removes “blockages” from the normal flow, which enhances the body’s ability to heal.
Many massage therapists, physical therapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors are able to perform cranial sacral therapy. It can be part of an already-scheduled treatment visit or the sole purpose for your appointment.
Depending on what you’re using CST to treat, you may benefit from between 3 and 10 sessions, or you may benefit from maintenance sessions. Your healthcare provider will help you determine what’s right for you.
For the best results, book an appointment with a licensed health professional.