Craniosacral therapy is a light touch manual complimentary therapy. It stimulates the body to promote its own natural healing capabilities.

It involves the assessment and treatment of the cranio sacral system which consists of the cranium (Head), spinal column which extends down to the sacrum (Tail bone) and the cerebral spinal fluid that flows around the brain and spinal cord. The fluid in the system has a rhythm that can be felt anywhere in the body by a trained therapist.

The body is designed to defend its self from disease and to assist in its own healing. For example an emotional stress or a physical injury can cause an imbalance or restriction in the system and hence blocks the bodies ability to heal. The therapist can detect these restrictions and by applying the therapy can help the client to unblock and restore the bodies ability to heal itself.
Craniosacral therapy helps alleviate a wide range of health complaints and conditions
Stress and tension related problems.
Headaches, migraine and period pains.
Asthma, sinusitis.
Digestive problems.
Persistent pain anywhere in the body.
Back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, spinal curvatures, fibromyalgia,
chronic fatigue syndrome.
Head and spinal cord injuries.
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness, visual disturbances.
Dental and TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) problems.
Emotional difficulties, post traumatic stress disorder, depression,
  anxiety and insomnia.

Pre and post pregnancy.
Craniosacral therapy can minimise the stress a mother can endure during pregnancy. It can relieve any restrictions that can make child birth difficult. In the time following the birth craniosacral therapy can help with the physical structure misalignment as well as supporting them throughout the difficult emotional times.

Craniosacral therapy is particularly valuable for children and babies, as they may have unresolved restrictions in their systems due to issues at birth, physical injuries or emotional difficulties. The baby's head naturally moulds itself during the birthing process to enable the head to pass through the birth canal. Therefore after birth if the over riding of the bones does not correct itself in time it can cause difficulties. A quick or prolonged labour, use of intervention such as forceps or caesarean section can also lead to restrictions in the craniosacral system.

Common newborn problems:
Colic, irritability, reflux, poor sucking or not latching on properly while
  breast feeding.
Motor delays (late in rolling or crawling).
Torticollis (head falling to one side).
In older children the problems encountered are:
Chronic middle ear infections, glue ear, tonsillitis.
Dyslexia, learning difficulties, ADD, ADHD, Autism.
Sleeping difficulties, Bed wetting.


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