You are probably aware of the many systems that the body is made up of including the respiratory system, digestive system, the cardiovascular system, etc. The body also has a very subtle system unrecognized by science until fairly recently which is known as the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system (CS) consists of the membranes that form the meninges of the brain and spinal cord (down to the sacrum), the bones of the skull to which the membranes attach, other structures related to the meninges, the cerebrospinal fluid, and the structures that produce, contain and resorb the cerebrospinal fluid.
The cornerstone of the CS system is the finding that the bones of the skull are able to move as the cerebrospinal fluid moves through the membranes. While this information is not accepted by all health care professionals, the CS treatment is based on this finding and the literature that has developed around the research using the CS theories.
Because the CS system is connected to the rest of the body by its connection to fascia, restriction can affect many other systems, most notably the nervous system, musculoskeletal system, vascular system, endocrine system, etc. Because of these relationships, CS therapy is used to treat many different conditions. In our clinical setting, we have found them to be helpful for headaches, sinus problems, TMJ, anxiety, general stress, endocrine problems, muscular fatigue or stress, depression and other conditions.
The treatment is done with the patient fully clothed lying down and is often extremely relaxing. The clinician uses light pressure and the sessions often last between 20 to 40 minutes depending on what is being addressed.