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CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY
Touch & Movement Therapies


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  • Craniosacral Therapy Description
  • History
  • Conventional Medical Opinion
  • Consulting A Practitioner




  • CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY DESCRIPTION

    A diagnostic and healing approach based on the application of corrective pressure tot he cranium and spine (the craniosacral system), craniosacral therapy grew out of work with cranial osteopathy in the US during the 1970s. It goes further than cranial osteopathy in claiming that the cranial rhythmic impulse (see Cranial Osteopathy) affects every cell in the body.


    MAIN USES OF CRANIOSACRALTHERAPY

  • Headaches.
  • Musculoskeletal pain.
  • Arthritis.
  • Depression.
  • Dyslexia & other learning difficulties.
  • Aftereffects of strokes & meningitis.
  • Aftereffects of stress or injury.





  • HISTORY

    Dr. John Upledger, an osteopath at Michigan State University, developed this approach in the late 1970s. While incorporating some of the techniques practiced in cranial osteopathy, Upledger distinguishes it from osteopathy in being "soft tissue-oriented", "fluid-oriented", and "membrane-oriented" rather than "bone-oriented". The approach is still considered controversial in the UK, though more widely practiced in the US.




    CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL OPINION

    Many conventional health care providers skeptical of cranial osteopathy are even more cautious about this therapy. Unlike osteopaths or chiropractors, some craniosacral practitioners may not have training in anatomy or physiology, and while the therapy is harmless in itself, conventional practitioners fear craniosacral therapists may fail to recognize serious medical conditions.

    MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy: Touch & Movement - Osteopathy & Cranial Osteopathy





    CONSULTING A PRACTITIONER

    While the bones of the cranium are the focus of cranial osteopathy, CranioSacral therapy focuses on the membranes encasing the brain and spinal cord. Practitioners believe that it is these membranes that generate the cranial rhthmic impulse (CRI) of cerebrospinal fluid, which affects the connective tissues linking all of the organs, bones, and muscles of the body. The aim of treatment is to ensure an even, rhythmic flow of CRI.

    You will be asked to lie clothed on a treatment table while the practitioner applies subtle pressure with his hands, usually, but not always, on your head or at the base of your spine (the sacrum). Many people report feeling deeply relaxed during treatment, though some experience a spontaneous "unwinding" of tension, believed to result from the release of physical or emotional trauma in the body. One or two treatments of about an hour may be sufficient, but often more sessions are recommended.



    PRECAUTIONS

  • Do not have treatment if you have bone cancer or any bone or joint infection, such as osteomyelitis.
  • Avoid vigorous treatment manipulations if you have badly prolapsed disks.





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