Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) is an effective and gentle holistic approach assisting the body to heal from physical injury and trauma. This whole body healing technique focuses on the bones of the cranium (head) and sacrum (tailbone), as well as the facial (connective tissue) system. With the use of light touch, pressure is released within the cranial sacral system resulting in deep relaxation and a sense of wellbeing. Through this process the alignment of cranial bones, spinal column and sacral bones are restored resulting in a balanced flow through the cranial sacral system.
The cranial sacral system is comprised of the membranes and fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord as well as the attached bones – skull, face and tailbone. Repeated trauma can cause misalignment of these bony structures resulting in restrictions in the flow and overall function of the cranial sacral system.
The facial system consists of connective tissue covering all structures within the body; muscles, bones, internal organs, membranes etc. A restriction within this system will affect every other system in the body.
The body has the natural ability to heal itself and does just that on a daily basis; when trauma occurs, the tissues absorb and disperse that energy and immediately begin the healing process. However when the body is repeatedly injured or exposed to prolonged periods of repetitive stress such as occurs in contact sports, it retains the energy of that trauma walling it off as a protective mechanism. This effects both the cranial sacral system and the facial system. Tissues become less fluid, muscles tighten up creating restrictions within the facial system resulting in pain, decreased range of motion, fatigue, neurological problems and can predispose the body to additional injuries and strains.
CST is very effective in addressing these restrictions thus restoring the body’s natural ability to heal itself. When used in a timely manner following injury, the body is able to release the trauma immediately resulting in enhanced healing and speedier recovery times.
CST is safe and effective for use on infants, children and adults. It can be used regularly as an adjunct to other medical and physical therapies. CST promotes relaxation, speeds up recovery times, decreases pain, releases trauma held by tissues, enhances healing and decreases stress. Documented uses for CST include: Physical trauma, whiplash, headaches, tinnitus, depression, PTSD, chronic fatigue, back and neck strain and injury, general muscle tension, sleep and concentration disorders, dental pain and TMJ problems, birth trauma, emotional disturbance, autism and other problems of the central nervous system.
Dayle Baykey R.N. is conducting a research study through Dandelion Healing Centre. She expects to document the beneficial aspects of cranial sacral therapy when applied to contact martial artists. She is requesting that any fighters and/or coaches who are interested in participating in this six to twelve week study to contact her for details. Email: [email protected] Phone: 604-872-3665