CST is a non-invasive, hands-on therapy that aims to enhance the body’s own healing capabilities. This light touch is to affect the pressure and circulation of cerebrospinal fluid, which is the fluid around the brain and spinal cord. This process relieves pain and dysfunction.
Normally, the production and reabsorption of CSF within the Dura Mater produces a continuous rise and fall of fluid pressure within the Craniosacral System. The semi-closed hydraulic system expands and contracts to some extent with this rhythmical pressure fluctuation. This volumetric accommodation prevents pressure from building up too much within the Craniosacral System.
If for some reason your body is unable to accommodate these pressure changes, the subsequent buildup of pressure can contribute to dysfunction and ill health, especially in the Central Nervous System which is enclosed within the boundaries of the Craniosacral System.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) was developed in the 1970s by John Upledger, a doctor of osteopathy, as a form of cranial osteopathy. It uses a gentle touch to manipulate the joints in the cranium or skull, parts of the pelvis, and the spine to treat disease.
Key concepts of Dr. Still who is the founder of Osteopathy, influence Osteopathy and current-day CranioSacral Therapy. Dr. Still’s concepts, as identified by Dr. Upledger, are:
- The body functions as a dynamic unit
- Structure and function are interrelated
- The body has a self-regulating system which tends toward homeostasis