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Cranial Sacral Therapy

What is Cranial Sacral Therapy

Cranio Sacral Therapy is a light-touch therapy, that has been shown to be effective in supporting the central nervous system, so that your child’s body can self- correct and heal. Restrictions in the muscular and the central nervous system, influence every other major body system and function.


The membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord comprise the body’s craniosacral system. This system extends from the cranium (the skull face, and mouth) to the sacrum (the tailbone area). Any restrictions in the membranes of this system can directly affect the central nervous system performance, causing a wide range of sensory, motor and neurological problems. 

Origins of Cranial Sacral Therapy

Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician, developed Cranio-sacral Therapy (CST). From 1975 to 1983, Dr. Upledger was a professor of biomechanics at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. At this time he led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers that performed and published the clinical research, which formed the basis for the modality that he named Cranio-sacral Therapy.

Conditions that may Improve with Treatment

  • Colic

  • Vomiting

  • Constipation

  • Strabismus

  • Pylorospasm

  • Sternocleidomastoid Imbalance

  • Congenital Muscular Torticollis

  • Prevention of Positional Plagiocephaly

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • ERbs Palsy and Klumpke’s Palsy

  • Torticollis

  • Chronic Ear Infections

  • Hyperkinetic Behavior

  • Spasticity Down Syndrome

  • Autism

  • Abnormal Fears

  • Failure to Thrive Syndrome

How Pediatric Massage and CranioSacral Therapy are performed

A typical session takes place in a quiet treatment room with the child resting at ease or engaged in play.  CranioSacral Therapy utilizes protocols of gentle and specific touch. Actions include compression-decompression, positioning and range of motion that support the central nervous system and release restrictions throughout the body.


Parents are involved in the session and are shown how to continue the benefits of the treatments at home.

CranioSacral Therapy has been shown to bring about profound healing by helping children to overcome congenital and acquired health challenges, and preventing new ones from occurring.

The gentle, non-invasive modality is able to benefit children of all ages

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