Cranial Sacral Therapy
Cranial Sacral System
The Cranial Sacral System is comprised of the membrane layers and fluid that surround, protect, nourish, and cleanse the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth (which make up the cranium) down to the base of the spine (the sacrum), and it also is interconnected with the entire body through the fascial system.
Cranial Sacral Restrictions
Cranial Sacral restrictions are generally found in the connective tissue around the cranial and facial bones of the head and the connective tissue in and around the sacrum and pelvis. Using gentle techniques to help the body increase balanced motion in these two areas, by relieving restriction or tightness, allows for the mobility the body needs to efficiently pump cerebral spinal fluid (CSF).
Cranial Sacral Therapy
Cranial Sacral Therapy, or Craniosacral Therapy, works by finding restrictions in the connective tissue It uses gentle techniques in order to help the body increase balanced motion in the cranial bones and the sacrum. By relieving restriction or tightness it allows for the mobility the body needs in order to efficiently pump cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach that releases restrictions throughout all levels of the tissues (superficial to deep) in the body in order to relieve pain and dysfunction while improving whole-body health and performance. The release of tension allows the entire body to relax and self-correct.
There are many varieties of cranial sacral therapists and thus varieties in the techniques that they use to release fascial restrictions.
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear fluid found in the brain and spine. It has many functions, as CSF fluid protects the brain from injury, maintains buoyancy for the brain to support its own weight, and has been show to clean out metabolic toxins and waste from the brain. CSF fluid can facilitate the removal of waste and regulate the distribution of neuroendocrine factors through the blood-brain barrier. It can decrease intracranial pressure and facilitate more blood flow to the brain when needed. More studies are in progress that are looking into even further CSF functions. Proper circulation of CSF fluid is vital to balanced health and healing. CSF fluid distribution can be seen in this image to the right with the flow following the arrows.