Cranial Manipulation

Cranial Sacral Therapy allows for unique assessments from a detailed anatomical vantage point. The physical core of this system includes the brain, the spinal cord, the cerebral spinal fluid, the cranial bones and the vertebrae, all of which are intimately connected by the dura, a strong continuous wrapping of the brain and spinal cord. This system has a unique fluid rhythm like that of your breath and heart based on the cerebral spinal fluid that is continuously added to and drained from the inside of the brain and spinal cord. This rhythm can be felt and worked with therapeutically throughout the entire body.

When trauma occurs it can impede the movement of this system, reducing resiliency and potentially leading to dysfunction. Cranial Sacral Therapy helps balance these tissues and tides so the inherent rhythm can express itself appropriately, aiding in the body’s ability to reorganize and heal. Cranial Sacral Therapy helps people heal from headaches, TMJ dysfunction, chronic pain as well as many other issues.

There are many forms and styles of Cranial Sacral Therapy. Depending on what organization a practitioner has trained in you will see it called Craniosacral Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cranial or Cranio Manipulation. Basically, they are all variations of working with this deep and core part of our being.

The work I have learned over the years has taught me that the entirety of the head can be worked on. The soft structures on the outside of the skull, the skull itself and all of the contents.

I once worked with a client 15 years after a serious car accident. She came to see me for chronic hip pain. During the third session, her body guided me to working with her cranium. Part of her left temporal bone… the cranial bone in which the ear hole is located and the jaw bone connects to… was badly fractured and had to be replaced with plastic. She explained to me that since this accident she was only able to read one or two paragraphs with decent comprehension and after that her comprehension faded rapidly. I did a significant amount of release work with the cranial bones, the internal cranial membranes and other internal structures of the cranium during that session. She called me the next day and excitedly noted that when she got home that evening she was able to read seven chapters out of a book with good comprehension!

The implications of a 15-year-old brain injury dramatically changing in a few hours are astounding!

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