WHAT IS CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY?
FROM A MEDICAL / PHYSICAL VIEWPOINT
We all believe that the body has a self-healing ability because when have a broken arm for instance, we know that the body will repair the fracture and that after about six weeks, we will have full use of the arm again. The same is true when we injure ourselves. The body repairs the wound from within and new tissue and skin is generated to heal and close the wound. But when this ability is interfered with from outside or from within ourselves, we get sick, develop disorders and diseases and experience pain as a result.
Cranio helps with:
reduction of (chronic) pain
inflammatory conditions, such as bursitis, tendonitis, colitis, arthritis etc.
strengthening of the immune system (thus more resistance to diseases)
learning difficulties / learning disabilities
How does Craniosacral Therapy work?
Craniosacral Therapy treats the fascia. With a gentle touch of no more than 5 grams (the weight of a nickel), the therapist removes restrictions in the craniosacral system and fascia. The restored mobility of the fascia improves blood flow, cell communication, which allows for a better supply of nutrients and proteins to the tissues and organs as well as for the removal of waste products from the body. As a result, the affected tissue recovers and healing takes place in the body. This is why people often experience a reduction in pain during the first treatment.
What is fascia?
Connective tissue is the matrix that binds together the body's organs and systems, while at the same time providing compartmentalization between them. Fascia, a specific type of connective tissue, is a continuous sheath that provides structural support for the skeleton and soft tissues (muscles, vessels, bones, tendons and ligaments) and creates frictionless surfaces so that all of the various structures can move freely, sliding on each other without effort or wear. It also has a protective function and is essential in cell communication and transport of nutrients and waste.
Daily strain, injuries, wrong movements or not enough movement, incorrect posture, inflammation, etc. can cause damage to the fascia, which inhibits its sliding capabilities. We often speak of adhesions. Emotional and psychological stress and trauma can also cause fascial tension. The stress hormones that are being released change the structure of the fascia, which causes it to lose its flexibility.
When fascia becomes tight due to adhesions, it is limited in its performance. This has a far-reaching impact on the whole body. After all, everything is connected via connective tissue. The tension and stress caused by the inflexibility in certain parts of the body causes pain. Back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, joint pain, tendon irritation and inflammation are common complaints.
Therefore Cranio is not a treatment that focuses on a certain types of condition, but by supporting and regulating one of the most important systems in the body (the soft connective tissue system), many systems are rebalanced and restored so that the body can do what it does best: namely heal you!
If you want to dive deeper into the medical aspect, please read my blog about the craniosacral system.