Hands on, healing therapies can take on many forms including methods like craniosacral therapy. This is a type of healing modality that is gentle, non-invasive and focuses on creating a wave-like rhythmic pulse throughout the body. It is a therapy that can be useful for many different ailments including migraines, chronic neck and back pain, as well as to relieve stress and the symptoms of some disorder such as PTSD.
Craniosacral therapy typically occurs in an hour or two hour session in which a practitioner will make light contact at specific points around the head, torso, knees and feet. Using gentle finger pressure the practitioner touches different points to get rid of restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the patient’s functioning. This type of therapy is harmless and never painful while also having great potential for healing a person’s mind and body.
The light touch used during craniosacral therapy is said to affect the pressure and circulation of cerebrospinal fluid which is around the brain and spinal cord. The process is believed to improve the way the central nervous system functions while relieving pain and symptoms of various illnesses. The practice is still debated in the medical community as far as its effectiveness but many patients experience positive results.
Physicians disagree about certain aspects of craniosacral therapy such as whether or not cranial bones move and if practitioners can create a consistent measurable pulse in the body. Regardless of the discussions surrounding the practice, craniosacral therapy is available in some treatment centers for patients suffering from specific issues. It may provide some patients with relief from problems they are experiencing while also promoting a sense of calm and stress reduction which can be beneficial for any illness.
Craniosacral therapy may be useful as a complementary method along with regular medical treatment.