Cranio-Sacral Therapy & Myofascial Techniques
Prolonged stress, physical traumas, excessive strain, surgical operations, habits involving incorrect posture and movement, all these promote the development of body tension, causing restrictions in movement, pain, swelling and chronic fatigue.
Treatment with Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Myofascial Techniques helps to release those tensions which cannot be treated through straightforward relaxation, increasing a sense of well-being and the natural processes of recovery of the body.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John Upledger around 1980. It's based on Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, which was developed in 1899 by William G. Sutherland.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Myofascial Techniques are devised to work on the body and act on certain nerve receptors present in the myofascia, a combination of mys, myos = muscular tissue, and fascia = connective tissue, the tissue which literally connects and "holds together" the various parts of the body forming it into a whole unit, in which painful or invalidating limits might develop following prolonged physical or emotional stress and traumas.
The treatment is carried out by exercising manual pressure, lightly or intensely according to necessity, on the soft tissue of the body, that is, on the muscular and connective tissue. In Cranio-Sacral Therapy, particular attention is paid to the skull and the sacrum areas, to “rhythms” and to the internal micro-movements of the body perceivable through contact with the same body tissues.
Effects and benefits
In Cranio-Sacral Therapy treatments, by exercising a delicate touch (a kind of "listening touch"), the body is induced to release local and general tensions; in this way, besides the relief felt, a profound state of well-being and relaxation is created, since this helps the spontaneous process which tends to totally rebalance the psycho physiological functions of the whole body. This approach promotes also the release of those emotional tensions which, if inhibited or not expressed, favour or maintain excessive muscular tension and the subsequent limitations (Somato-Emotional Release).
In Myofascial Techniques treatments, a more profound pressure, on the other hand, acts on trigger points, places where the tissues appear to have thickened, which might determine rigidity and pain, locally or in other parts of the body (e.g. headaches, pain in the joints).
Cranio-Sacral Therapy lends itself to truly combining body and mind in the process of adjustment and recovery.
It is beneficial to people of all ages, from infants to senior citizens, in the presence of pain and in moments of psycho-physical difficulty, but even in the healthy to promote well-being and self care. It is particularly recommended in the treatment of:
- muscular tension and pain (local and diffuse)
- headaches, cervical pain, back pain
- pain in joints
- after-effects of physical traumas such as accidents and surgical operations, etc.
It is also valuable for:
- alleviating chronic stress and anxiety by generating profound relaxation
- intervening through a non pharmaceutical approach when other treatments might be dangerous or not recommended (pregnancy, recent operations, allergy or intolerance to certain drugs, etc.)
- stepping up the natural process of recovery.
This kind of treatment may constitute a course on its own, but it can also be integrated into other types of therapeutic itineraries, pharmaceutical or otherwise. In this case it is used as an instrument of support to aid the therapy in course.
This treatment does not involve manipulation directly on the joints; it is a method which indirectly induces the body to self-improvement.