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CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the CranioSacral system. The CranioSacral system is a physiological system that exists in humans and animals possessing a brain and spinal cord.

During a CST session, a person is supine (laying on their back) and either clothed or properly draped. The therapist will gently look for and release any myofascial restrictions and decompress the spine (with 5 grams of pressure or less). While working with the cerebrospinal fluid, this will affect the central nervous system, stress level, pain level, balance hormone and chemical levels, and lower heart rate. CST sessions are very relaxing and are energizing to receive. Each individual will experience what their inner physician needs them to receive to go into homeostasis or balanced state.

By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease and assist the body in a return to homeostasis (balance). It is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:Migraine Headaches, Chronic Neck and Back Pain, Motor-Coordination Impairments, Colic, Autism, Central Nervous System Disorders, Orthopedic Problems, Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries, Scoliosis, Infantile Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Chronic Fatigue, Emotional Difficulties, Stress and Tension Related Problems, Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) Neurovascular or Immune Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post Surgical Dysfunction.

Based on the work of osteopathic doctor William Sutherland, CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John Upledger. Dr Upledger conducted extensive scientific studies from 1973 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. He later founded the Upledger Institute for Complementary Care and Education. For additional information on research articles, and/or to find a local practitioner trained in CST you can go to

Because of its influence on many body functions, CST is used today by many healthcare professionals, including osteopaths, medical doctors, doctors of chiropractic medicine, psychiatrists, psychologists, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, and licensed massage therapists.

Source: Francene Popiel

Additional Information: Francene Popiel is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Pensacola. She served as a teaching assistant with the Upledger Institute in advanced CST seminars and can be reached via email at [email protected], or by calling 850-572-3786.

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