CST honors the bodies inherent ability to self-correct. When trauma is experienced the body naturally and immediately works to correct the effect of the trauma. For instance, if you receive a cut, you will bleed, the blood will coagulate and form a scab, then the body will regenerate tissue and heal the wound. This may sound simple, but the body goes through multiple complex tasks directed by the brain via the nervous system to achieve this healing. From birth our bodies are in a constant dance of self-correction and healing.
When our body can not self-correct it will adapt. When it can no longer adapt is when we become vulnerable to disease and degradation. A skilled CranioSacral Therapist will palpate the body and can feel where the “inner wisdom/inner physician” is trying to make the self-correction. By gently encouraging the body toward it’s innate determined self-correction, the body can get past barriers or restrictions that may prevent self-healing.
Since this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or dysfunction in the craniosacral system could cause sensory, motor and other neurological dysfunction’s or disabilities. These problems may include chronic pain, visual system difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities and other dysfunction’s of the central nervous system.
One of CranioSacral Therapy’s principal benefits is its ability to reverse the debilitating effects of stress by providing the conditions in which the nervous system can rest and rejuvenate. Examples of stress-related problems are insomnia, fatigue, headaches, poor digestion, anxiety and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, among others.
CranioSacral Therapy often benefits patients suffering from chronic symptoms that have not been relieved by allopathic approaches. Often used in conjunction with other therapies, CranioSacral Therapy is especially beneficial to those who have head or neck injuries from car accidents, sports, work accidents or falls. Children, infants and newborns with early traumas — including birth trauma — benefit from the timely identification and release of restrictions in the craniosacral system. CranioSacral Therapy also may help various sensory disorders such as eye-motor coordination problems, autism, dyslexia, loss of taste or smell, ringing in the ears and neuralgia such as sciatica and tic douloureux.
Many patients have found CranioSacral Therapy to be an important part of their wellness routine both for its stress-reducing and immune system-enhancing properties.
Equine and small animal CST is a holistic healing method highly effective in improving the health and well-being of horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, lizards, etc… and can assist in a variety of situations including head shaking, head injuries and trauma, lameness, nerve paralysis, spinal injuries, emotional problems, behavioral and learning issues.