Upledger CranioSacral Therapy

Upledger-CranialSacral-therapyThis unique type of therapy is very subjective and is a unique experience for most people. It is light touch, energy directed, and heals on many levels by addressing a person’s cranial sacral system – literally the fluid that flows inside the head and spinal cord of our bodies. Gentle pressure focused on balancing the rhythm of the cerebral spinal fluid releases restrictions from the sacrum to the cranial area.

Some problems relieved by this procedure include headaches, ADD, dyslexia, small stroke syndrome, morning sickness, low back pain, joint pain, menstrual cramps, acute fever, acute pain, lazy eye, labor pain, autism, and numbness in hands or feet. It is a therapy that removes blockages, pressure points internally, and is effective for everything from persistent migraines, many types of physical injuries, and even emotional release from trauma. Pediatric therapy in this modality results in correction of birth trauma in newborns to healing toddlers and up with tone problems or learning disabilities. This is a therapy that can open up new avenues of healing for many people, and is performed at Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can view our pricing list here, or contact us for an appointment.

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. You also can benefit from better overall health and resistance to disease.

While the validity of the cardiovascular and respiratory rhythms is undisputed today, for eons the very existence of these systems sparked debates in medical communities around the globe.

Now for nearly 30 years, osteopathic physician and researcher John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., has been a proponent of using the rhythm of another body system – the craniosacral system – to enhance body functioning, and help alleviate pain and discomfort.

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 area.

Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction in it could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems could include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities, and other health challenges.

What Conditions Does CranioSacral Therapy Address?

CranioSacral Therapy strengthens your body’s ability to take better care of you. It helps alleviate a range of illness, pain, and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Scoliosis
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Any Many Other Conditions

How Is CranioSacral Therapy Performed?

CranioSacral Therapy is performed on a person fully clothed. Using a light touch – generally no more than the weight of a nickel – the practitioner monitors the rhythm of the craniosacral system to detect potential restrictions and imbalances. The therapist then uses delicate manual techniques to release those problem areas and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord.

A session at Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids can last from about 15 minutes to more than an hour, and it can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapeutic procedures.

The result? A central nervous system free of restrictions. And a body that’s able to return to its greatest levels of performance.

Conditions That May be Avoided or Improved by Treating Newborns:

CranioSacral therapy is a gentle, safe procedure for newborns and can help alleviate numerous symptoms of stress caused by system imbalance. They may include:

  • Colic
  • Vomiting
  • Hearing Problems
  • Motor Problems
  • Seizures
  • Strabismus
  • Pylorospasm
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Klumpke’s Palsy
  • Torticollis
  • Chronic Otitis
  • Dyslexia
  • Alphasias
  • Hyperkinetic Behavior
  • Spasticity
  • Down Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Abnormal Fears
  • Failure-to-Thrive Syndrome
  • And Many Others

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