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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Dr. William Sutherland, an American osteopath, discovered intrinsic movements of the bones of the skull around the turn of the century. His further research revealed what he termed "rhythmic tidal motions" in the body. These movements, which can be measured with delicate scientific instruments, are a direct expression of the health of the system. Craniosacral therapists believe these movements to be inextricably linked with not only physical health but also mental and emotional health. Palpation of these tide-like motions allows Craniosacral therapists to effect change in areas of restriction. This restriction of movement corresponds to a lack of the capacity of the life force to express its self-healing ability.

Craniosacral therapists recognize health as something to be actively achieved, and if it is not, illness ensues. Absence of health may result in disease or a sense of something missing or of numbness. Health is the expression of life — an inherent ordering force, a natural internal intelligence. Craniosacral therapy is a subtle and profound healing form which assists natural bodily intelligence.

A living human organism is immensely complex and requires an enormous amount of internal organization. Craniosacral therapy helps nurture these internal ordering principles. It helps increase physical vitality and well-being, not only effecting structural change, but also having much wider implications, e.g. improving interpersonal relationships and managing stress more appropriately. Craniosacral therapists believe that the whole of one's life history is held in his or her physical form. An integral part of this work is the patient's developing awareness of how his or her story is held and unfolds.

The work can address physical aches and pains, acute and chronic disease, emotional or psychological disturbances. In the absence of illness, CST can help develop well-being, health and vitality. It is so gentle that it is suitable for babies, children, and adults, including the elderly. It is also useful in fragile or acutely painful conditions. The following is a list of some of the common conditions treated:

Arthritis Insomnia
Asthma Lethargy
Autism Menstrual pain
Back pain Migraine
Birth trauma PMS
Bronchitis Post-operative
Cancer Problems during and after pregnancy
Cerebral Palsy Reintegration after accidents
Colic Traumatic injury
Depression Sciatica
Digestive problems Sinusitis
Drug withdrawal Spinal curvatures
Dyslexia Sports injuries
Exhaustion Stress related illnesses
Frozen shoulder Tinnitus and middle ear probem
Hormonal imbalances TMJ (jaw) disorders
Hyperactivity Visual disturbances
Immune system disorders    Whiplash injuries
   

CST can be profoundly relaxing, exhilarating, emotionally moving or involve resolution of intrapsychic or interpersonal conflict. Sometimes the benefits are not immediately noticeable but become obvious on returning to a familiar environment. Sessions are usually last between 40-60 minutes.

Craniosacral Therapy with Children

The compressive forces experienced during birth as a result of the passage through the pelvis and the tight fit in the birth canal can cause imbalance in a baby's system; even in natural and apparently problem-free births. Common new-born problems like colic, sucking problems and respiratory difficulties may be due to compression arising from birth trauma. CS therapists believe these can transform later in life into depression, migraine, sinusitis, spinal and pelvic pain. Treatment of young children by a craniosacral therapist may be not only curative, but also helpful in preventing problems later in life. Health issues in adults which are linked to their birth or very early experience can be resolved.

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The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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