Craniosacral Therapy (CST) was developed by Dr. John E. Upledger, during research conducted at Michigan State University from 1975-1983. In his words: “CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.”
During a session the practitioner lightly touches places on your head and sacrum (the base of your spine). The goal is to improve the flow of fluid surrounding those areas to improve central nervous system function. So what does this do for you? There is limited research on this relatively new therapy but many people swear by these 10 craniosacral therapy benefits. Of course, you should always check with your doctor first and find a licensed practitioner.
CST is often used to treat chronic pain and it makes sense that it can ease migraines. A 2012 Icelandic study also backs this up.
2. Relaxation & Stress Relief
There’s no question that an hour of touch therapy will help you unwind. Isn’t the scalp massage your favorite part of a haircut?
3. Neck Pain
Relieving tension in your head and lower back and getting everything flowing works wonders on neck pain.
One of the biggest craniosacral therapy benefits is alleviating TMJ symptoms. Not only does it ease the neck pain and headaches that go along with TMJ, it also helps to relax your jaw muscles to help reduce its occurrence.
Dr. Upledger believed that CST focusing on expanding the membranes surrounding the brain and improving the flow of fluid in and out of the cranium eases stress and other autism related symptoms.
We’re still working to find treatments for PTSD. It’s a very individualized disorder but anything that helps you decompress and de-stress can’t hurt.
7. Back Pain
Your head, neck and back are all connected so opening up your head and lower back will make your entire spine feel better.
There’s not a ton of research on using CST to treat asthma but practitioners have found that improving craniosacral flow improves your entire central nervous system function.
9. Sinus Infections
Anyone who suffers from chronic sinus infections knows how debilitating they can be and how important it is to keep your passageways open and relaxed.
10. Birth Trauma
When it comes to craniosacral therapy benefits, birth trauma refers to the physical trauma of being pushed through a very tight passageway and the psychological trauma of greeting the world after nine months in a cozy womb. We all know how that newborn skulls are very delicate so it’s especially important to find a reputable practitioner if you want to try this.