CranioSacral Therapy and Musculoskeletal Pain


Life is about compensation. We all have tension and internal conflicts due to various traumas that we have experienced. So long as we can compensate around those internal tension patterns, there will be no symptoms.

Absent direct palpation of a tension pattern, one would not even know it is there. It is only when the tension overwhelms the body’s ability to compensate that these symptoms occur.

However, symptoms show up at the weak link—not necessarily where the tension is. Symptoms are not a reliable indicator of where the origin of a problem lies, and simply treating symptoms often will yield only temporary results.

CST directly addresses those internal tension patterns. Reducing internal tensions gives the body back room to compensate, often resulting in a reduction of symptoms. This is true even in cases where the proximal cause of the symptoms was not directly addressed.

Give the body enough room to compensate and the symptoms may abate anyway. Thus, CST is potentially beneficial for just about any condition. Reducing internal tension and conflict allows the body to function better no matter what is going on.

CranioSacral Therapy can be used to treat, often in conjunction with other therapies, a wide variety of pain conditions, particularly headaches and musculoskeletal pain.

It can be useful in treating neurological and circulatory issues, digestive issues as well as problems with other internal organs. Any condition may respond positively to CST if the internal tension in the body can be reduced.

Because CST employs very light force, typically about 5 grams, there are very few contraindications to its use. Contraindications generally fall into two major categories: compromise to the structure of the membrane system around the brain and spinal cord, and anytime a small transient increase in intracranial pressure could conceivably cause a problem.

Examples of the former are epidural leaks from lumbar puncture and open cavity head wound.

Examples of the latter include acute stroke, severe concussion with consequent swelling of the brain and unstable cerebral aneurism. (Chronic stroke, where there is no longer a danger of causing a clot or bleed to recur, is very much an indication for CST.)

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