CranioSacral Therapy

To make an appointment or discuss treatment with Jill – please call 07841 822108

We are delighted to now be able to offer Cranial Sacral Therapy. Jill Badman has joined the practice to offer her services. Jill is trained in Upledger CranioSacral.

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral therapy developed from the work of an American osteopath, Dr William Sutherland in the early 1900s. He discovered intrinsic movements of the bones in the head and his further research revealed different rhythms in the body. As a result of detailed clinical observation it has become clear that these movements, which can be measured with delicate scientific instruments, are a direct expression of health and offer a way of working with the physical as well as the more subtle aspects of life.

Upledger CranialSacral

American Osteopath Dr Upledger developed further the ideas of Sutherland in the 1970’s and has used many clinical trials exploring the efficacy of his treatment approach.

Because it acts on the deepest structures and organs of the nervous system, CranioSacral Therapy influences motor, pain and coordination mechanisms, the digestive system, the respiratory system, heart function and the endocrine system.

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive manipulative technique. The therapist seldom applies pressure in excess of 5 grammes (the equivalent of a British 20p piece). Examination is done by testing for movement in various parts of the system. In some cases simply doing these tests can reduce restrictions, and the system is able to self-correct.

The rhythmic movement that Dr Sutherland found so useful in evaluating the health of the cranioSacral system remains a key factor in guiding CranioSacral Therapists through therapeutic priorities. Known as the cranioSacral rhythm, it is an indicator of free mobility of the connective tissue, of body symmetry and of vitality. Upledger-trained practitioners use it in conjunction with other subtle evaluative techniques to locate and identify spinal cord dysfunctions and restrictions of the important membranes that subdivide and support the brain. It can also be used to pinpoint and frequently help areas of active tissue change anywhere in the body.

Receiving CranioSacral Therapy tends to be very relaxing, and indeed positively pleasurable. Ignored or hidden problems are as often resolved as those that help was actually sought for. Improvements in bite or eyesight, for example, are commonly experienced by patients presenting with spine-related issues.

In many cases treatment will result in helpful movement of unresolved emotional issues which can play a major role in inhibiting good physical health.

Used throughout pregnancy, CranioSacral Therapy improves comfort by helping the body adapt to the growing foetus, as well as helping to normalise hormonal balance. Treatment of newborns can quickly resolve problems arising in utero and during birth, which could cause developmental and other difficulties as the child grows, and would require more prolonged intervention if left until later.

CranioSacral Therapy enhances the body’s natural healing processes, and has been effective over a wide spectrum of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

Migraine headaches, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, chronic neck and back pain, emotional difficulties, motor co-ordination difficulties, stress and tension-related problems, central nervous system disorders, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), orthopaedic problems, chronic fatigue, neurovascular or immune disorders, scoliosis, infantile disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, learning disabilities, fibromyalgia and other connective tissue disorders.

Pleas visit the cranial sacral website for more information, or ask at our practices for more information or make an appointment to discuss treatment with Jill 07841 822108.