There is gentle rhythmic motion of the bones and tissues of the skull and body with the ebb and flow of the cerebrospinal fluid
- The deep relaxation has been described by some as like being in a deep sleep.
- Some people have experienced visual or other kinds of insights during this work.
- Craniosacral therapy awakens and reinstates the body’s own ability to hear, listen, and act on what is needed for the optimum function of which it is capable at the moment.
- It restores flexibility from a cellular level all the way out to the skin and beyond.
- It reminds the body that it can “let go” after trauma has occurred. It restores the ability to relax.
- It frees the body from repetitive motion syndrome. It teaches through experience.
07760768572, Doctor John Woolf, Ostm (Doctor of Osteomyology) MD (TM) BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF CHINESE MEDICINE MAO, C.M.I.R., C.A.U.K., FACF.
M.A.O., C.M.I.R., C.A.U.K., F.A.C.F. Member of the Association Osteomyologists.
Cranial Osteomyology and the Integration of Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
Cranial Osteomyology is often described as a gentle rhythmic motion of the bones and tissues of the skull and body with the ebb and flow of the cerebrospinal fluid. Restrictions can lead to reduced adaptability to the stresses of life. Cranial sacral therapy addresses obstacles to motion, freeing the innate healing energies of the body. to support Autonomic Nervous System health and overall "bodyfield Coherence" is a major part of my naturopathic physical therapy.
BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF CHINESE MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY Cosmetic Acupuncture &
Chinese Cosmetic Specialist Dr John Woolf Ostm (Doctor of Osteomyology) MAO, CMIR (Chinese Medical Institute & Register London)
John Woolf practises Cranial Osteomyology-Sacral therapy as a powerful integrative therapy. It is one of the most direct ways of assessing and improving the factors that affect the Autonomic Nervous System. A treatment session provides several benefits. The patient's mind gets to monitor what it feels like when the body relaxes and the Autonomic Nervous System is more in control.This work serves as a very effective way to remove blocks to the efficient motion of cranial fluid and tissues. The result of this is to enhance the motion of the cranial bones and overall body energy. The deep relaxation has been described by some as like being in a deep sleep.
Some people have experienced visual or other kinds of insights during this work. "Somato-Emotional Release" is the name given to the way some people experience a letting-go of being controlled by past negative memories.
When used in an overall program of Integrative Medicine and Biological Dentistry, Cranio-Osteomyology-Sacral therapy is a cost-effective treatment that could benefit almost every patient. [see Precautions below]
Note: Many parents have found benefit for their children from craniosacral therapy. I offer craniosacral therapy within the context of integrative medicine because there are always other background factors that need to be assessed and treated.
STATE OF THE ART HEALING TECHNIQUE
We simply apply our work to the compensatory mechanisms in the body and observe how the body self- corrects or rebalances. It is the response of the body that informs our subsequent sessions.
Cranial osteomyology can be used as a complete approach to healing, Cranial is sometimes referred to as cranio-sacral, cranium referring to the head, and sacrum to the tail-bone at the base of the spine. Cranial technique is often administered from these areas, but is not restricted to them, and can be applied anywhere in the body. Cranial Osteomyology treats the whole individual, not just a list of symptoms. So patients with a wide range of problems may benefit from therapy.
WHAT CAN THIS TECHNIQUE HELP ?
- BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA . DIGESTIVE AND BOWEL PROBLEMS INCLUDING IBS
- EARACHE, EAR INFECTIONS AND MIGRAINES . FIBROMYALGIA. CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
- KNEE ANKEL AND FOOT PROBLEMS . MENSTRUAL AND HORMONAL IRREGULARITIES
- NECK AND SHOULDER PROBLEMS, INCLUDING FROZEN SHOULDER
- GROIN PAIN. PELVIC TILT AND SHORT LEG LENGTH
- RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS AND HAY FEVER. SPORTS INJURIES
- RSI. CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME AND TENNIS ELBOW
It is suitable for all age ranges and may be particularly helpful in infants and during pregnancy. Cranial Osteomyology is thought by many to be useful in babies and children to gently release any strains present from the birth process.
Many patients report good results with cranial Osteomyology for a wide range of complaints, some of which are listed below. Scientific evidence is currently limited on this subject.
- Headaches migraines and sinus problems
- Back neck and generalised joint aches or muscular pains
- Sporting injuries
- Digestive problems and irritable bowel symptoms
- Menstrual pain and cramps
- Sporting injuries
- Discomfort in pregnancy and following birth
- Babies and children to help with crying, colic, feeding and sleeping problems
- Following dental surgery, or for problems with orthodontic work
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Definition of Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy is a holistic healing practice that uses very light touching to balance the craniosacral system in the body, which includes the bones, nerves, fluids, and connective tissues of the cranium, the spine and the sacrum, and ultimately all tissues because "everything is connected to everything else."
According to Upledger: "CranioSacral Therapy is not osteopathy. Sutherland's approach was bone-oriented and you make bony corrections. This is soft tissue-oriented, fluid-oriented, membrane-oriented, and energy-oriented. It's much more subtle than any other kind of cranial work I know of."
He says that craniosacral therapy is ideally suited for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, headaches, chronic middle ear infection, pain, and general health maintenance. It is recommended for autism, fibromyalgia, heart disease, osteoarthritis, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic sinus infections, and gastroenteritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach or small intestine). It is also used with other therapies to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, back pain, and menstrual irregularity. In addition, other craniosacral practitioners have reported benefits for eye dysfunction, dyslexia, depression, motor coordination difficulties, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), hyperactivity, colic, asthma in babies, floppy baby syndrome, whiplash, cerebral palsy, certain birth defects, and other central nervous system disorders.
An interesting application: Allergy reactions affect the pressures on the skull and the brain, treating this can improve brain function: The work of Carl Ferreri, D.C., Ph.C.
Description of Craniosacral Therapy
The first written reference to the movement of the spinal nerves and its importance in life, clarity, and "bringing quiet to the heart" is found in a 4,000-year-old text from China. Craniosacral work was referred to as "the art of listening." Bone setters in the Middle Ages also sensed the subtle movements of the body. They used these movements to help reset fractures and dislocations and to treat headaches.
In the early 1900s, the research of Dr. William Sutherland, an American osteopathic physician, detailed the movement of the cranium and pelvis. Before his research it was believed that the cranium was a solid immovable mass. Sutherland reported that the skull is actually made up of 22 separate and movable bones that are connected by layers of tissue. He called his work cranial osteopathy. Nephi Cotton, an American chiropractor and contemporary of Sutherland, called this approach craniology. The graduates of these two disciplines have refined and enhanced these original approaches and renamed their work as sacro-occipital technique, cranial movement therapy, or cranialsacral therapy.
Cranial Osteomyology addresses the craniosacral system. This system includes the cranium, spine, and sacrum that are connected by a continuous membrane of connective tissue deep inside the body, called the dura mater. The dura mater also encloses the brain and the central nervous system. The cerebral spinal fluid rises and falls within the compartment of the dura mata. The movement of the primary respiratory impulse; today is known as the craniosacral rhythm (CSR) or the cranial wave.
Cranial Osteomyology assists in harmonising the CSR in the body by lightly touching the base of the skull or the sacrum. During a session, they feel for disturbances in the rate, amplitude, symmetry, and quality of flow of the CSR. A therapist uses very gentle touch to balance the flow of the CSR. Once the cerebrospinal fluid moves freely, the body's natural healing responses can function.
A Cranial Osteomyology session generally lasts 30-90 minutes. The client remains fully clothed and lays down on a massage table while the therapist gently assesses the flow of the CSR. Upledger describes several techniques which may be used in a craniosacral therapy session. The first is energy cyst release. "This technique is a hands-on method of releasing foreign or disruptive energies from the patient's body. Energy cysts may cause the disruption of the tissues and organs were they are located." The therapist feels these cysts in the client's body and gently releases the blockage of energy. a second practice called direction of energy. In this technique the therapist intends energy to pass from one of his hands, through the patient, into the other hand.
The third technique is called myofascial release. This is a manipulative form of bodywork that releases tension in the fascia or connective tissue of the body. This form of bodywork uses stronger touch.
Upledger's fourth technique is position of release. This involves following the client's body into the positions in which an injury occurred and holding it there. When the rhythm of the CSR suddenly stops the therapist knows that the trauma has been released.
The last technique is somatoemotional release. This technique was developed by Upledger and is an offshoot of craniosacral therapy. It is used to release the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma and injury that are "locked in the tissues."
This gentle approach is extremely safe in most cases. However, cranial osteomyology and sacral therapy is not recommended in cases of acute systemic infections, recent skull fracture, intracranial hemorrhage or aneurysm, or herniation of the medulla oblongata (brain stem). Craniosacral therapy does not preclude the use of other medical approaches.
Many holistic dentists have found craniosacral therapy to be an effective adjunct to orthodontic work
Some people may experience mild discomfort after a treatment. This may be due to re-experiencing a trauma or injury or a previously numb area may come back to life and be more sensitive. These side effects are temporary.
- It restores the ability to relax.
- It frees the body from repetitive motion syndrome.
- It teaches through experience.
- It encourages restrictions in the body to soften which permits the return of blood and nerve supply to areas so blocked that they could eventually become a place for disease to begin.
- It helps us learn that pain is a signal that we have work to do with our body. It will guide us through a process of “connecting the dots” of pain and discomfort within ourselves along a personal journey of what we are doing, eating, saying, and thinking that is at the root of imbalances in our bodies.
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