CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on form of manual therapy that focuses on evaluating and enhancing the craniosacral system of the body. This technique was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician Dr. John Upledger and is effective in a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
“Every treatment protocol should be dictated by the wisdom of the patient’s own body”
- Dr John Upledger
The craniosacral system is made up of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects your brain and spinal cord. With CST, a San Francisco, CA physical therapist uses gentle pressure to release pain and tensions deep in the body and regulate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. By offering changes to the body, a natural healing process will begin.
Conditions That Can Be Helped
Craniosacral Therapy can be used to treat a vast array of pain and discomfort.
- Migraine and Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Orthopedic Problems
- Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- 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
- And More
It works by normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord, which enhances the body’s natural ability to heal and self-correct. Therefore, this technique can be used to treat both acute and chronic pain alike. Whether you are recovering from a sports injury, surgical procedure, chronic arthritis, stroke, or neurological impairment, CST may be a benefit to you.
Considering CranioSacral Therapy?
At Rising Sun Physical Therapy, we are proud to offer craniosacral therapy for any patient that our physical therapists believe could benefit from it. Your body endures daily stresses and strains that, with time, can cause tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause restrictions in the brain or spinal cord if tensions continue to form.
Fortunately, our San Francisco, CA physical therapists can detect and prevent against such restrictions through a craniosacral evaluation. He or she will gently touch various locations of your body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around your brain and spinal cord. This will determine whether or not craniosacral therapy should be a part of your physical therapy plan.
Get started today!
If you are suffering from an injury or underlying condition that is causing you discomfort, contact Rising Sun Physical Therapy today. We will schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated physical therapists to determine whether or not craniosacral therapy would benefit you!