What is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)?
Craniosacral therapy is one of the most important directions in osteopathy. It creates a deep impact on the whole body with the help of light touches, which, despite their simplicity, bring significant improvements in the general condition of the patient. This type of manual therapy relieves deep tension and stress, thereby helping to relieve pain and restrictions in the patient’s body, improve overall physical health and increase the efficiency of the whole body. A careful, holistic and unified approach to the body is one of the features of Craniosacral influence.
During treatment the therapist can act on the bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves, blood vessels and fascia, restoring normal mobility to all systems of the body as a whole. Craniosacral therapy is used not only as a treatment, but also as a preventive measure for the good functioning of the nervous system and immunity.
What types of conditions are successfully treated with Craniosacral Therapy?
- Migraine and headaches;
- States of anxiety, anxiety;
- Professional burnout;
- Stress, tension and sleep disorders;
- Sensory deprivation;
- Chronic pain in the neck and back;
- Posture disorders;
- Depression, mood swings;
- Chronic fatigue;
- Movement disorders;
- Injuries of the spinal cord and brain;
- Traumatic experiences and PTSD Mobility restoration of the pelvic bones, sacrum and joints of the spine.
What is the Craniosacral system?
The Craniosacral system is the physiological system of the human body, consisting of the spine, bones of the skull (cranium), sacrum (sacrum), cerebrospinal fluid and spinal cord/brain membranes. If, as a result of injuries, traumas, as well as physical or emotional overloads, disturbances appear in this single system, this has a negative effect on the entire body.
Imbalances and dysfunctions in the Craniosacral system can initiate motor, neurological, hormonal, physiological, psychological and other disorders.
What is Craniosacral rhythm?
The cerebrospinal fluid is somewhat similar to blood plasma, bringing nutrients to nerve cells and fibers and carrying away metabolic products. The rhythmic shocks by which cerebrospinal fluid is produced and reabsorbed within the Craniosacral System is what constitutes the Craniosacral Rhythm, by which the therapist diagnoses disorders in the system and helps restore balance, thus returning to body self-healing abilities.
Specific therapy techniques, combined with the client’s body’s ability to self-regulate, are aimed to ensure that the Craniosacral system movements are optimally balanced and the restrictions in the connective tissue are relaxed.
What are fascias?
Fascia is a connective sheath, a kind of “case” that covers all organs, muscles and nerves. In the normal state, fascias move freely relative to each other when the body moves, but in case an excessive load, injury, inflammation or infection occurs, their mobility can be impaired, which in turn can cause disruption of the internal organs and pain.
How does a CST session work?
Before the start of the session, the therapist and the patient discuss the objectives and a tentative treatment plan. During a session of Craniosacral manual therapy, the patient usually lies on his back on the couch while the therapist gently placing his hands on certain parts of the patient’s body, including the head. Craniosacral treatment is carried out through comfortable clothing that does not constrain the patient. Craniosacral therapy techniques are selected for each patient individually according to his characteristics and requirements.
How long is the CST session?
A session of Craniosacral therapy lasts from 45 to 60 minutes.
What sensations can you expect during and after a CST session?
During the session, you can dive into a deeply relaxed state, your muscles will get the opportunity to get rid of tension and pain. As a result you will feel light and calm and sometimes will even fall asleep.
After a CST session there is often a feeling of a energy burst, since after tension is released, the previously “encapsulated” energy is being freed up, contributing to an increase in tone in all human systems. Muscle pains are as well possible if the body is being adapted to its new position as a result of relaxed tensions. Another possible effect could be the return of sensitivity to certain parts of the body that have been blocked for a long time.
How many sessions will it take to improve the condition?
The first results of treatment are felt immediately after the first session. But the number of sessions depends on the task assigned to the therapist and is discussed with the patient.
What do you need to know after a CST session?
After the session it is recommended to drink enough water, to avoid heavy power loads and exercises in the first two or three days, and if possible, reduce the consumption of alcohol and sugar.