Developed by John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., this manual therapy encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms to improve the operation of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance health, and strengthen resistance to disease.
The CranioSacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth – which make up the cranium- down to the sacrum, or tailbone.
An imbalance or restriction in the CranioSacral system can cause sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems may include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairment, learning disabilities and other dysfunctions.
The gentle use of five grams of pressure – roughly the weight of a nickel – to test for restrictions in various parts of the CranioSacral system. It’s often possible for the evaluation alone to remove the restriction and allow the system to correct itself.