What is it?
CST is a non-invasive, gentle, hands-on therapeutic approach to release tension deep in the body to relieve pain and improve whole body health and performance. It is a natural alternative to chemical prescriptions for pain management.
How does it work?
A CS therapist applies a soft touch to various points of the body (head, sacrum, and spinal column) in order to release restrictions in the soft tissue surrounding the central nervous system.
Why would someone receive CST?
This therapeutic approach is useful as a preventative health measure to strengthen one’s resistance to disease and assist with treating a wide range of medical problems. The goal is to enhance the body’s ability to self correct by balancing the cerebrospinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord.
What symptoms are addressed with CST?
- Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Migraines and Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Infant and Childhood Disorders
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
- TMJ Syndrome
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Orthopedic Problems
- Difficult Pregnancy
- Colic Infants
- Sinus Infections
***CST is not to be used with acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage or other pre-existing severe bleeding disorders where an increase in intracranial pressure could cause instability
What would an appointment look like?
After the CS therapist takes information about your history, clients lie down fully clothed on the massage table for roughly an hour while the therapists holds your head, sacrum (triangular bone of lower back) and feet to listen for the subtle rhythm of the CS fluid. If needed, the therapist will gently press and reposition to normalize the flow of the CS fluid tissue which releases tension in the tissue surrounding those areas.
Clients notice the feeling of deep relaxation and may fall asleep. Some may see colours, notice temperature fluctuations, pulsations, or feelings of pins and needles. As every body is different, the experiencing may be different for everyone.
Response to CST varies person to person but if appointments could be 1-3 sessions per week for several weeks. Side effects could be mild discomfort which goes away after 24 hours.
How does it work?
The brain and spinal cord are part of the central nervous system (a major highway of the body) and are influenced by the cranio sacral system (membranes and fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord to protect and nourish them).
Our body tightens in reaction to everyday stress and strain which causes tension around the brain and spinal cord (like the tightening of your belt around your stomach after you eat). These restrictions affect the performance of the central nervous system and all the systems that are attached to that major highway in our body.
The CST practitioner is able to detect and correct these tensions with light touch by noticing the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord.
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Who developed this type of therapy?
Osteopathic Physician, John E. Upledger, developed this therapeutic approach after years of clinical tests and research while working as a Clinical Researcher and Professor of BioMechanics at Michigan State University
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Elizabeth Karchut is our Craniosacral Therapist and is an integral member of the Safe Harbour team.