CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep 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 where he served as professor of biomechanics.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system.
Chiropractors often use craniosacral therapy when treating babies and children. The head is composed of 26 bones that are capable of micro movement, apart from the jaw which is a freely moveable joint. The bones of the skull have a close relationship with the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system which includes the membranous system that extends from the head to the base of the spine and which contains spinal fluid.
Restrictions and stresses in this system can affect and be affected by the rest of the body. Chiropractic craniosacral treatment is very gentle and relaxing and is often combined with chiropractic adjustments.