How Was This Gentle Therapy Developed?
CranioSacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician featured in TIME magazine as one of America's next wave of innovators.
From 1975 to 1983, Dr. Upledger was a professor of biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.
While he was there he led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers who performed and published the clinical research that formed the basis for the approach he named CranioSacral Therapy.
In 1985, Dr. Upledger founded the Upledger Institute to teach people worldwide about the value of this effective approach. Nearly 100, 000 therapists have since been trained in CranioSacral Therapy.
CranioSacral Therapy For Infants and Children
Childbirth is a journey like no other. For the mother and father it is one of wonder, excitement and the unknown. For the child it can hold all the rewards and risks that new life offers.
It's widely recognized that in certain instances, the birth process can generate mild to severe central nervous system abnormalities. CranioSacral Therapy carried out in the delivery room or within the first few days of life can potentially reduce a wide spectrum of health challenges, many of which might not otherwise become apparent until the child is in school. It can even address problems with head shape and skull-bone override, naturally.
Many congenital and acquired health challenges also respond well to CranioSacral Therapy. It has shown to be effective at improving and maintaining a healthy immune system and because of its gentle, non-invasive qualities, it seamlessly accomodates other therapies delivered by early-intervention medical teams.
Childhood conditions that may be avoided or reduced:
Chronic Ear Infection
ADD / ADHD
Autism Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorders
Abnormal Muscle Tone
Strabismus, Nystagmus and Other Disorders
Reflux and Digestive Disorders
Cerebral Palsy, Erb's Palsy
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Torticollis and Plagiocephaly
Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia
Down Syndrome and Genetic Disorders
Impaired Immune System
And Many Others
We have all heard the terms; “I am heart sick!”, “I have butterflies in my tummy!” or “I carry the world on my shoulders!”. It is well documented that our emotions have a great impact on how our bodies function. An area of physical trauma can retain the imprint of emotion. The brain can also store the overflow of emotions that we are unable to cope with into an area of the body and create a physical restriction. CranioSacral Therapy acknowledges the role emotions have and aids the body’s ability to mange the impact.
As therapists we are not able to change your history, but we are able to help your body to handle it in a better way.
Sometimes a release of emotional energy is necessary to fully discharge a trauma. In those cases, using the body as a guide, the therapist engages the tissues with CranioSacral techniques, visualization and dialoguing techniques that can guide the body through an otherwise challenging encounter with long-held emotions. The goal is to release the physical imprint of the emotion from the tissue. If the patient needs to analyze the emotion they are referred to a Counselor or Psychotherapist.
“Many patients believe that life is difficult and healing is painful. CranioSacral Therapy helps them let go of that belief. The healing process can be much more gentle and subtle”
S.H., Abbeville, LA
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