CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that involves light holding of the skull and sacrum and barely detectable movements that releases tensions in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners use tiny manipulations to influence the pressure and circulatory rhythm of cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord. This aids in the release of restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. Practitioners include osteopathic physicians, allopathic physicians, doctors of chiropractic, doctors of Oriental medicine, naturopathic physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists and other licensed body workers. Registered Massage Therapists at Northwoods Health Centre will determine and perform CranioSacral Therapy where appropriate for their patients.