Simply put, CranioSacral Therapy (CST) works with the tissue that surrounds the central nervous system. The central nervous system directly affects all the other systems of the body. It’s the nerves that make the muscles work. And it can be the nerves that can make the muscles hurt and get tight. Thus, CST on the tissue surrounding the nerves can help with pain relief in the muscles!
Why does this happen?
The tissue that surrounds the central nervous system can get tight due to traumas, repetitive motions, or degeneration. When this tissue gets tight, it can aggravate the nerves it surrounds. This causes the nerves to fire out into the muscles, creating tightness and pain. CranioSacral Therapy releases the tight tissue around the nerves, the nerves relax, and the muscles feel better. I have seen this again and again in my practice.
As a massage therapist, I work each day helping to relax people’s muscles to decrease pain in the body and increase overall health. One thing I used to see repetitively in my practice was clients coming in with muscle pain, getting a massage, feeling better, only to come back a week later with the same pain. I have learned through my experience when this happens, the muscle pain is not the problem (or massage would have taken care of it). More often than not, the issue is in the craniosacral system and can be resolved completely through CranioSacral Therapy. When I discovered the truth of this, I began my training in CranioSacral Therapy. I have since been consistently helping people resolve long standing pain issues.
So if you have a reoccurring pain in your body, particularly in the muscles, and massage has not taken care of it, it is very likely that CranioSacral Therapy will.
CranioSacral Therapy, also referred to as CST, is a soft touch approach to releasing deep tension within the body. It can address many issues in the body because it helps to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. When giving a treatment, the therapist uses extended holds and gentle tractioning to releases the tension in the tissue around the central nervous system. When this tissue is free of restriction it allows for the central nervous system function in a better way–thus making you feel better!
How does CranioSacral Therapy Help?
Due to traumas, surgeries, or even just repetitive motions, the tissue that surrounds the central nervous system can become restricted. In addition, this restriction influences the functioning of the central nervous system and how the nerves “fire.” This restriction influences the other systems of the body creating symptoms that can range from muscle spasms, to headaches, to to digestive issues and more. Therefore, if a condition is not addressed through regular massage or other therapies, CranioSacral Therapy is advised–by releasing tension in the tissue around the central nervous system, the flow of the fluid around the spine (cerebral spinal fluid) and the tissue itself supports the correct functioning of the central nervous system. Since the central nervous system is such a foundational part of our bodies functioning, CST has a beneficial effect on a wide array of conditions (as listed in the final section).
What conditions does CST address?
Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
Infant and Childhood Disorders
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Central Nervous System Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
And Many Other Conditions
(www.upledger.com–where I studied CST.)
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