Craniosacral Therapy is a very gentle hands-on body therapy that uses light forces and specific holds to release blockages within the bodily tissues.

Craniosacral Therapy is a very gentle hands-on body therapy that uses light forces and specific holds to release blockages within the bodily tissues. The technique is based on the premise that unprocessed physical and emotional trauma is stored in the body’s tissues in an attempt to wall-off its harmful effects.

The circulation of cerebrospinal (CSF) fluid around the brain and spinal cord creates a subtle pulsation (expansion and contraction) that is palpable to the trained hand. The unrestricted and efficient circulation of the CSF nourishes the sensitive neural structures of the brain and spinal cord. This in turn promotes increased vitality and enhanced health. Improving the function of this entire system has been known to have a positive effect on the health of those suffering from such things as autism, chronic pain, head injury, depression, learning disabilities including ADD and dyslexia, migraines, nervous disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, scoliosis, soft tissue injuries (especially from motor vehicle accidents and post-operative scarring) and sports injuries.

Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome/Head-Neck Pain

Craniosacral therapists often work in conjunction with dentists to manage TMJ Syndrome, as well as head and/or neck pain. The detailed assessment and treatment of tissue distortion in the neck, head and face/jaw complements dental care for these common complaints.

Concussion

Core Insight has experience with the treatment of concussion. Craniosacral Therapy and specific chiropractic neck adjustments are extremely effective in helping people manage concussion and traumatic brain injury. Blows to the head can distort the bones and joints of the skull and neck. Brain injury from concussion also distorts the structures of the brain and connective tissues within the skull. Our approach is one of the few treatments available that can be used to help sufferers of concussion recover faster and more fully.

Craniosacral Therapy & Infants

The birth process is demanding on both mother and baby. As an exceedingly gentle procedure, craniosacral therapy is an effective approach in the assessment and correction of birth trauma. Forces exerted on a baby’s head and neck during gestation and birth can distort and injure the tissue of the head and neck leading to symptoms including colic, excessive spitting up, inability to latch or suckle, irritability (i.e. back arching, excessive crying, poor sleep patterns), torticollis (wry neck), flat spots on the head, cone head, failure to thrive, failure to meet motor and sensory milestones and lethargy (low activity level).

Craniosacral Therapy and Lip and Tongue Tie

The gold standard for treating newborn lip and tongue tie is revision (via laser or scissors) and craniosacral therapy. This mid-line defect occurs when the tongue is held too tightly to the floor of the mouth by the tissue at the tongue’s base and/or when the top lip is restricted by a web like piece of tissue. When lip and tongue tie exists, a baby will have trouble breast feeding properly as the range of motion of both the top lip and tongue makes it impossible to form a strong latch on the nipple. When this happens a baby will bob on and off of the breast, a distinctive clicking noise will be audible and the baby will swallow too much air during feeding. The breast feeding in this situation is very inefficient and the baby ends up spitting up a lot. Lip and tongue tie can lead to long term speech pathologies, TMJ/TMD (jaw dysfunction) and headaches.

Craniosacral Therapy Pregnancy

Chiropractic care incorporating craniosacral therapy is an effective health care modality for pregnant women. Pregnancy can lead to an increased incidence of headaches late in the first/early in the second trimester of pregnancy and mechanical lower back pain in the third trimester. Chiropractic care can be very effective in bringing significant relief to these complaints. In addition alleviating physical pain during pregnancy, chiropractic care can be effective in preparing a woman for delivery. Anecdotal evidence shows that women can have easier births if their bodies are in good alignment when they go into labour.

For more information on craniosacral therapy please visit www.upledger.com and www.milneinstitute.com.