Craniosacral massage therapy is a very specialized technique that is often gentle in application and relaxing to the client. The therapist uses their fingertips to sense the cranial rhythmic impulse of the body, and often applies certain therapeutic techniques in the neck region. Cranio means “relating to the skull” and sacral means “relating to the sacrum.” The sacrum is part of the spine, and is located between the lumbar spine (low back) and the tailbone.

When to Use Craniosacral Therapy

This technique is very helpful in treating painful conditions in the spine, including the head, neck, mid back, low back and sacrum. Craniosacral therapy (CST) is thought to affect the muscles as well as the bones themselves. CST can be helpful during acute episodes, as well as part of a maintenance program to continue to feel good.

Craniosacral Therapy and Migraines

Many people with jaw pain, such as “TMJ” and migraines also benefit from CST. Migraines are characterized as severe throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head. These can also be combined with nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light/sounds and can even cause visual disturbances. CST is a promising treatment for migraines, and often diminishes or even alleviates the migraine symptoms.

Craniosacral therapy can be applied by itself or can be combined with other forms of massage therapy. The length of the appointment can vary as well, from 30 minutes to two hours or more. Clients will feel relaxed, less tension, improved sleep and decreased symptoms.

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