Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

Visceral manipulation:   The Viscera is a term for the internal organs of the body, including the liver, stomach, intestines, and kidneys. Visceral manipulation (VM) is a gentle manual therapy that aids the body’s ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensation patterns that cause pain and dysfunction.  VM evaluates the entire body to find the source of the problem, which is not always the site of pain.

The therapist identifies altered or decreased motion within the viscera and other restriction patterns and then applies specific techniques to address these dysfunctional patterns.

The body has a magnificent ability to adapt to stress to protect itself, but these adaptations can cause dysfunction and symptoms over time.

VM addresses causes of the body’s dysfunctional patterns and starts the process for the body to create healthier movement patterns.

What can Visceral Manipulation benefit?

  • Spinal Dysfunction
  • Low Back Pain and Sciatica
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Joint Pain
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Acid Reflux
  • Post-operative Scar Tissue Pain
  • Swallowing Dysfunctions
  • Colic
  • Anxiety and Depression

What does it feel like?

VM is a soft, hands-on manual therapy. Often the source of a compensatory pattern may have originated far from the site of pain or symptoms.  For this reason, the practitioner determines the pattern and source and treats the related tissues.  The treatment involves gentle compressions, mobilizations, and elongation of soft tissues. As the source of the problem is released, the symptoms will start to decrease.