What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy is a light touch therapy that is done with the hands to address restrictions in the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Imbalances or restrictions in the cranialsacral system may negatively impact the nervous system and may cause a variety of disturbances in the body. CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle way to correct those restrictions so the body can release the effects of stress naturally and heal itself.
Even the most natural of births may be stressful for the skull and spine of the baby being born. Some research strongly suggests that the birth process may be responsible for many brain dysfunctions and problems caused by central nervous system imbalances. Because CranioSacral Therapy is so gentle it can be performed at birth or within the first few days of life to potentially reduce a wide variety of newborn and childhood problems, many which are not apparent until your child is of school age. Problems of head shape, small fontenelles, and skull bone override may also be corrected with the application of CranioSacral Therapy.
How is CranioSacral Therapy Performed?
CranioSacral Therapy uses light touch – no more than the weight of a nickel – to monitor the rhythm of the cranialsacral system to detect restrictions and imbalances. The therapist continues to use this light touch in order to attempt to release any problems areas and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord.
How did CranioSacral Therapy Begin?
The founder of CranioSacral Therapy is John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician, who witnessed the rhythmic movement of the craniosacral system in 1970, during spinal surgery. He theorized that there was a kind of hydraulic system functioning inside the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord and then set out to confirm his theories.
In 1985, Dr. Upledger went on to establish The Upledger Institute in order to educate the public and healthcare practitioners about the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy.
Go to www.upledger.com for more information.
What Kind of CranioSacral Training Has Dr. Anderson Received?
During the 3 year postgraduate training in pediatrics, Dr. Anderson was taught CranioSacral Therapy. She also received an additional 64 hours of instruction and hands on training by the Upledger Institute during their CranioSacral I and CranioSacral II courses.