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 and helps to promote pain relief and relaxation.

Craniosacral therapy was developed by the osteopath John Upledger in the United States.  This work has it’s roots in the gentle form of manual therapy called cranial osteopathy.  In essence, it is a very gentle way to assess and treat the tissues of the body in order to restore their structural alignment and function.  It can be used for problems related to the bones and joints, as well as, to the soft tissue of the body including the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.

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.

Craniosacral Therapy & Infants

Chiropractic treatment can effectively relieve pain, restore function and mobility and improve health outcomes for all Canadians, including children. Treating pediatric patients is a part of chiropractic care in Canada, which is overseen by provincial regulators. At Core Insight, the chiropractic care of pediatric patients is complemented with the use of Craniosacral Therapy.

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. For more information on craniosacral therapy please visit