Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST)

CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch therapeutic modality that involves the gentle use of the therapist’s hands in specifically placed positions on the body. CranioSacral Therapy is not to be construed as bone manipulation in that it applies no invasive forces, nor does it use any sudden thrusting motion. 

CranioSacral Therapy uses only strategically placed light touch in order to enhance the body’s own self-correcting mechanisms. CranioSacral Therapy does not employ diagnosis or diagnostic methodologies as they are commonly defined. It only determines the quality of normal physiological motion throughout the craniosacral system, and then uses gentle hand placements in order to enhance the physiological motion in motion-restricted area.

CST primarily facilitates processes that enhance the body’s innate abilities for natural healing. The therapy focuses on removing restrictive forces and obstacles related to the craniosacral system. Enhancing the mobility of the craniosacral system improves the circulation of both blood and CSF to the brain, spinal cord, pituitary gland, pineal gland and the cranial nerve systems, among other things.

Improving fluid motion and exchange specifically enhances the functions of the brain; spinal cord; autonomic control systems; visual, auditory, olfactory and gustatory sensory systems; motor and motor coordination systems; endocrine system; and the immune system. Less directly, it seems to affect all other body systems; therefore, it is exceptionally useful for most chronic conditions and as a preventive measure.

Excerpt taken from an article written by Dr. Upledger,  founder of Upledger Institute.