5 Reasons You Should Know About CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is one of the most effective holistic treatments that you’ve never heard of. The therapy was developed by an osteopath named William Sutherland about 100 years ago and further researched by Dr. John Upledger in the 70’s. CST is used by doctors, nurses, naturopaths, dentists, chiropractors, physical therapists, etc for a variety of conditions. This therapy is done fully-clothed and uses a very light-touch which is roughly the weight of a nickel.

  1. Migraines/headaches – There are techniques a CST therapist can use to improve symptoms from chronic migraines/headaches. A properly trained individual can work with the bones of the head and other areas of the body to provide immediate and long-term relief from debilitating headaches.
  2. Depression/Anxiety – Did you know there are bones in the head that if misaligned can trigger depression symptoms? CranioSacral Therapy can help alleviate symptoms from anxiety and depression related to cranial compression and misalignment.
  3. TMJ pain or clicking – There are a variety of techniques that benefit TMJ problems. A CranioSacral Therapist may work with several bones in the head and surrounding muscles to improve range of motion and provide relief to this common problem.
  4. Injury Recovery – CranioSacral Therapy assists the body’s ability to heal itself by relieving tightness, swelling, and constriction in the area around the injury site, as well as other surrounding areas. An injury never occurs in an isolated area, the body will “protect” an injury and begin to compensate for the pain in very subtle ways. Over time this creates secondary problems in structural alignment which frequently leads to pain.
  5. Natural Pain relief – CST assists in removing restrictions in the body caused by injury, trauma, and disease.  Restrictions can be from unhealed injuries, limited range of motion, or disease and when untreated will create pain in other areas of the body.

These are just a few of the most common reasons one would look for relief in CranioSacral Therapy. I’ve personally worked on everything from stress to spinal cord injury. Don’t be fooled by the light touch, this work is extremely powerful and very effective!


My Vision …Helping Military Personnel and Veterans using CranioSacral Therapy

I LOVE doing CranioSacral Therapy.  This is without a doubt my calling.  I even love the times when my self-doubt starts to creep in while I’m working on someone and I wonder if I’m really helping this person because I always, ALWAYS get validation that I am.

If you’ve never experienced CranioSacral Therapy it’s very gentle, light-touch bodywork.  I work with the body’s self-correcting mechanism to help release restrictions created by injury, illness, or trauma.  The touch is extremely light, approximately the weight of a nickel, but very effective.  CranioSacral Therapy is not physical adjustments or manipulation, rather it is assisting the body in releasing areas of constriction in the head, spine, sacrum or anywhere else.

I keep feeling pulled to focus more on working with active military and veterans.  The challenge with this is that the VA doesn’t cover CranioSacral Therapy in their healthcare coverage.  Although I’ve been practicing for 4 years now, my practice is still inconsistent which doesn’t allow me to devote much time to volunteer work. What I wanted was a way to work with this population and have someone else pay for the service.  Then it occurred to me, set up a study to demonstrate the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy with issues such as: PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Depression/Anxiety, and sleep disorders.

Now, I have no experience conducting research and posting this is a terrifying endeavor, but I have this strong vision of finding a way to help a population that desperately needs it. I do not know how it will happen, but I know that I will find a way to provide this service to our Service Men and Women. As long as I keep looking for the answers, the people I need to fulfill this vision will find their way to me.