What is Cranial Sacral Therapy and does it work?
Cranial sacral therapy is an alternative massage therapy done by professional occupational therapists, chiropractors and osteopath therapists. It involves the manipulation of skull, cranium bone, pelvic bones and the skin to heal or suppress symptoms of various diseases.
When Was Cranial Sacral Therapy Discovered?
Cranial sacral therapy was discovered in the year 1970 by a famous osteopath doctor, John Upledger. This therapy got really famous at that time by the name, cranial osteopathy treatment.
Although cranial sacral therapy has worked wonders in suppressing symptoms of various diseases it has also faced a lot of criticism.
Keep moving forward to see what criticism people have thrown at this therapy and what benefits it gives to the human body.
Understanding Cranial Sacral Therapy
Cranial sacral therapy involves manipulation by hands to improve the body’s own healing capabilities. According to the inventor of this therapy, you have to apply a pressure of fewer than 5 grams to release the tensions and stiffness in the cranial sacral system. This readily improves the proper functioning of the human body’s central nervous system.
There’s a fluid around the spine and skull, known as cerebrospinal fluid. Cranial sacral therapy affects the pressure and circulation of this fluid. Hence, relieving pain and improving the proper functioning of the central nervous system.
Many practitioners think that it can be used as a standalone treatment for many treatments and can also be used in combination with other alternative therapies.
What Medical Conditions/ Diseases Does Cranial Sacral Therapy Heal?
CST can treat a variety of medical conditions and diseases such as:
Nervous system disorders.
Learning and writing disabilities.
Immune system disorders.
Stress and anxiety.
Does Cranial Sacral Therapy Work?
Many research studies have shown that when cranial sacral therapy is used in conjunction with conventional treatment, it can produce effective results in healing many medical conditions. For instance, it shows positive results when people suffering from asthma seek this therapy with regular use of an inhaler.
Benefits of Cranial Sacral Therapy
There are many benefits of cranial-sacral therapy indicated by research studies carried out at research centers. Some of the benefits are:
It Helps with Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a disease in which people suffer from anxiety and pain. A research study has indicated that people with fibromyalgia were given cranial sacral therapy for 20 weeks. Not only did they report an improvement in the quality of life but also a reduction in medium-term pain and anxiety.
It Helps with Asthma
A research study showed that CST, along with conventional treatment such as the use of inhaler has benefited the people suffering from asthma. However, the cranial sacral therapy alone has not shown any effective results on the asthma patients.
It Helps with Multiple Sclerosis
There’s a condition in multiple sclerosis that many people suffer from. It is having lower urinary tract problems. Cranial sacral therapy has reduced the symptoms of lower urinary tract infection in many people.
With the benefits that CST can provide, it’s worth a try if you’re looking for some alternative type of massage therapy for yourself or someone you know.