Craniosacral Therapy provides another very important piece to healing. Fascia provides the protective covering of the cranium and spinal cord. Fascial restrictions at this level interfere with the natural movement of the cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid cushions the brain and spinal cord. It is gently pulsated from head to tailbone by the gentle oscillations of the bones of the cranium and sacrum. Trauma such as birth, falls, and motor vehicle accidents can cause the fascial covering of the central nervous system to tighten down. As this happens, the flow of this vital fluid is impeded. Pressure can build up within the central nervous system leading to a host of ailments including:
- chronic neck and back pain
- stress and tension related disorders
- chronic fatigue
- TMJ syndrome
- learning disabilities
- post-traumatic stress disorder
Just like other fascial restrictions throughout the body, the fascial restrictions of the craniosacral system can be released as well. Treatment involves gentle pressure, held for a period of time. As the fascia of the cranial system slowly releases, pressure of the cranium is equalized. The central nervous system becomes more at ease. Overall tension is alleviated throughout the body. The body begins to recognize a more relaxed state.