During a typical CranioSacral Therapy (CST) treatment, the body relaxes and the brain slows down, stored emotions may surface for healing. SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma.
CST & SER can have a positive effect on the regulation of mood, reducing anxiety and inducing deep relaxation. While the individual focuses on relaxation, the therapist increases the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). As the PNS coordinates with the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), it triggers the body to secrete hormones, such as serotonin, which flood the body and brain with increased calmness and wellbeing. Heart rate and blood pressure decrease as a combination of "feel-good" hormones, coupled with mindfulness, help induce relaxation.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body's ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to decrease or alleviate a wide variety of emotional and physical dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to depression and mental health issues.
A studied and published in 2011 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
157 patients received CranioSacral Therapy (UCST) treatments for a variety of reasons, including headaches and migraines, neck and back pain, and anxiety and depression. 74% of these patients reported a “valuable improvement in their presenting problem,” 67% reported an improvement in general well-being and secondary symptoms tied to pain or chronic stress, and 70% were able to decrease their medication use or discontinue use altogether.
Depression is a serious mental health condition with frequent severe symptoms being experienced including intense sadness, fatigue, and a loss of interest in life. According to Beyond Blue, it is estimated that 45% of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety. While medication can help, alternate methods can play a vital role when it comes to recovery. Managing stress and anxiety, psychotherapy and healing treatments such as Craniosacral Therapy may also provide relief.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a hands-on approach and a powerful therapy that affects the central nervous system and improves the function of the whole body. During therapy, the central nervous system slows down and enables the regulation of mood. This process is known in CranioSacral therapy as SomatoEmotional Release (SER).
The positive effects of the SomatoEmotional release are:
✅ Regulation of mood and emotions
✅ Reduction in anxiety
✅ Induction of deep relaxation
✅ Secretion of serotonin (“feel-good” hormone)
✅ Reduction of heart rate and blood pressure
CranioSacral therapy has positive outcomes for children who have Sensory Integration Dysfunction/"Sensory Processing Disorder" (SPD). It is also proven to support children all along the spectrum of autism and learning disabilities, including ADHD, ADD, and learning difficulties.
Special focus is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of children using an understanding of the autonomic nervous system. The goal is to help the child regulate their emotions affected by chronic stress, hyperactivity, chronic depression, and withdrawal.
By using a hands-on gentle approach, CranioSacral therapy brings into balance the autonomic nervous system and gives the child greater access to more positive, socially engaged states. CranioSacral Therapy can be easily blended with other modalities, such as neuropsychology or occupational therapy which makes it a holistic therapy for children. This brings a child into a more balanced and healthier life.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on, and non-invasive modality that aims to release movement restrictions and restore normal functions to the affected area. Light touch therapy is utilized, as the less pressure is applied, the more your body can communicate with a therapist and show where the restrictions are. Firm pressure can cau
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on, and non-invasive modality that aims to release movement restrictions and restore normal functions to the affected area. Light touch therapy is utilized, as the less pressure is applied, the more your body can communicate with a therapist and show where the restrictions are. Firm pressure can cause the soft tissue to “guard” and go into the “defend” mode, instead of relaxation and fascia release more.
CranioSacral rhythm is created by a fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord and circulates beneath the cranial bones. The rhythm is palpable on your whole body and your therapist can detect any restrictions in your CranioSacral rhythm that can lead to tension patterns and affect the functioning of all bodily systems.
Fascia envelops and connects all structures in your body. It surrounds our muscles, joints, organs, brain, spinal cord, and any other structures in your body that you can think of. This is why is so important to have a well-aligned fascia to allow harmonious movement and body processes. Any restrictions in the fascia can cause a disruptio
Fascia envelops and connects all structures in your body. It surrounds our muscles, joints, organs, brain, spinal cord, and any other structures in your body that you can think of. This is why is so important to have a well-aligned fascia to allow harmonious movement and body processes. Any restrictions in the fascia can cause a disruption to normal function and movement that leads to strain patterns throughout the whole body.
Restrictions in our body form throughout our whole life. Our body has many ways to compensate for various restrictions, but at some point, the compensation patterns fail and we experience symptoms like pain, tingling sensation, heaviness, general malaise, or many more.
Your therapist in Geelong will apply gentle pressure to receive the information from your body and identify the origin of the dysfunction. As the fascia envelops all the structures in your body, the original restriction might not be where you are experiencing the pain.
The light-touch therapy will be unique to your needs. Your therapist will use a technique either to relieve joint compression, soft tissue techniques or techniques aims at moving the fluids.
"CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by Dr. John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. CST consists of mindful, non-invasive fascial palpation techniques applied between the cranium and sacrum. Besides releasing myofascial structures, CST intends to normalize sympathetic nerve activity, often increased in chronic pain patients, by modifying craniosacral body rhythms. Reducing physiological arousal and switching to the parasympathetic mode has been shown to enhance the body’s ability for physiological regulation and tissue relaxation, and to decrease chronic pain."
"CST showed greater post intervention effects on: pain intensity and disability compared to treatment as usual... and on pain intensity and disability compared to active manual treatments. At six months, CST showed greater effects on pain intensity... In patients with chronic pain, this meta-analysis suggests significant and robust effects of CST on pain and function lasting up to six months."
To systematically assess the evidence of Craniosacral Therapy (CST) for the treatment of chronic pain.
PubMed, Central, Scopus, PsycInfo and Cinahl were searched up to August 2018. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) assessing the effects of CST in chronic pain patients were eligible. Standardized mean differences (SMD) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated for pain intensity and functional disability (primary outcomes) using Hedges’ correction for small samples. Secondary outcomes included physical/mental quality of life, global improvement, and safety. Risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane tool.
Ten RCTs of 681 patients with neck and back pain, migraine, headache, fibromyalgia, epicondylitis, and pelvic girdle pain were included. CST showed greater post intervention effects on: pain intensity (SMD = -0.32, 95%CI = [− 0.61,-0.02]) and disability (SMD = -0.58, 95%CI = [− 0.92,-0.24]) compared to treatment as usual; on pain intensity (SMD = -0.63, 95%CI = [− 0.90,-0.37]) and disability (SMD = -0.54, 95%CI = [− 0.81,-0.28]) compared to manual/non-manual sham; and on pain intensity (SMD = -0.53, 95%CI = [− 0.89,-0.16]) and disability (SMD = -0.58, 95%CI = [− 0.95,-0.21]) compared to active manual treatments. At six months, CST showed greater effects on pain intensity (SMD = -0.59, 95%CI = [− 0.99,-0.19]) and disability (SMD = -0.53, 95%CI = [− 0.87,-0.19]) versus sham. Secondary outcomes were all significantly more improved in CST patients than in other groups, except for six-month mental quality of life versus sham. Sensitivity analyses revealed robust effects of CST against most risk of bias domains. Five of the 10 RCTs reported safety data. No serious adverse events occurred. Minor adverse events were equally distributed between the groups.
In patients with chronic pain, this meta-analysis suggests significant and robust effects of CST on pain and function lasting up to six months. More RCTs strictly following CONSORT are needed to further corroborate the effects and safety of CST on chronic pain.
Haller, H., Lauche, R., Sundberg, T. et al. Craniosacral therapy for chronic pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 21, 1 (2020).