• CranioSacral Therapy

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. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the CranioSacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. A typical CranioSacral treatment begins with questions for the therapist to get acquainted with a patient’s medical history. Treatment is usually performed with patients fully clothed lying on a massage table. The practitioner uses light touch techniques to evaluate the movement of the CranioSacral system and works to release any blockages and restore balance in the system. The number of sessions needed depend on the condition of the patient and how they react to the treatment.

Who it may help:
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

· Migraine Headaches
· Chronic Neck and Back Pain
· Motor-Coordination Impairments
· Colic
· Autism
· Central Nervous System Disorders
· Orthopedic Problems
· Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
· Scoliosis
· Infantile Disorders
· Learning Disabilities
· Chronic Fatigue
· Emotional Difficulties
· Stress and Tension-Related Problems
· Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
· Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
· Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
· Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
· Post-Surgical Dysfunction.

Who can perform CranioSacral Therapy:
CranioSacral Therapy is often grouped together with Massage Therapy/ Bodywork. Though students become certified as CranioSacral Therapists, having a prior license as Massage Therapist, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathic or Naturopathic medicine and physical therapists or another form of medical care certification, conventional or holistic, might be necessary to practice in your area. It is always a good practice to ask about a healing therapists’ training. Where to find CranioSacral Therapy practitioners: You can search the web for practitioners in your area. One source is  which is International Association of Healthcare Practitioners. Will insurance cover CranioSacral Therapy: If a Licensed Health practitioner uses CranioSacral Therapy as part of their therapeutic practice, it MAY be covered. It may be helpful to ask. Massage Therapy, energy therapy, acupressure, and CranioSacral therapy are not currently solely recognized for insurance reimbursement, although processes change frequently.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America – Each practitioner listed in the BCTA/NA Member Practitioner Directory is a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST®) who has completed a minimum of 700 hours of study with a BCTA/NA Approved Teacher or Teachers. The association includes members with various backgrounds, including massage therapy and other bodywork, holistic healing modalities, osteopathy, chiropractic, dentistry, nursing, hospice care, psychology, social work, midwifery, doula support, and many other professions and pursuits.

Note: VFU provides this comprehensive view of healing techniques for your convenience, but does not endorse nor recommend any specific technique. VFU does not guarantee results or outcomes from any of the materials listed on this website.

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