What Is Craniosacral Therapy?

what is craniosacral therapyWhat is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy utilizes a sophisticated holding technique applied to the skull, spine, sacrum and coccyx to release and normalize cranial and spinal restrictions.  Physicians have discovered that the skull is capable of movement across the sutures, between the 22 bones, which make up the skull. These very small movements occur in a regular rhythm, probably caused by the fluctuation in pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid, which surrounds the brain and spinal cord.  The normal rate of this rhythmical impulse is an independent physiological rhythm, different from both heartbeat and respiration. Karen uses her fingers to test/palpate the motion of the craniosacral system in the body, determining the rate, amplitude, symmetry and quality of craniosacral motion.  Under ideal conditions, the motion of the cranial bones is smooth, balanced and symmetrical in both expansion and contraction phase of the cranial rhythm. Motion in the cranial bones can be impaired by lack of resiliency within the bone itself, lack of free mobility along its sutures, lack or distortion of motion in other cranial bones or by restrictions in membranes containing the cerebral spinal fluid. There are numerous causes of restrictions in the cranial mechanism.  An imbalance in the system can inhibit proper development of the brain and spinal cord, resulting in sensory, motor and neurological dysfunction. During a craniosacral treatment, the client lies on his/her back. Karen will assess and treat restrictions in the cranial system, allowing the bone and entire system to return to normal.  A series of treatments is recommended for positive results to be established. The procedure calms the nervous system and restores the craniosacral system to equilibrium, health and balance.  The therapy enhances sensory, motor and neurological functioning.  Craniosacral therapy supports normal development of the brain and spine, and assists in chemically balancing the brain and body. Karen specializes in working with patients to enhance body and brain functioning, and to support balance of the mind and emotions. There are numerous causes of restrictions in the cranial mechanism.  An imbalance in the system can inhibit proper development of the brain and spinal cord, resulting in sensory, motor and neurological dysfunction. Trauma such as falls, blows, fractures, concussions, and whiplash injuries frequently cause restrictions and imbalances in the system.  Other causes include: dental extractions and dental surgery, severe infectious diseases, particularly meningitis and encephalitis, chronic drug use, stress, depression, emotional/psychological disturbances, migraine and other headaches, eye pain and visual problems, TMJ pain, facial neuralgia, ear infections, tinnitus, deafness, dizziness, tics and facial paralysis, spinal curvatures, back pain, repeated ear infections, digestive and respiratory difficulties, convulsions, clumsiness and incoordination, learning disabilities, hyperactivity and autism. A frequent cause of cranial restrictions is birth trauma e.g. from malpresentation, narrow maternal pelvis, forceps delivery or vacuum extraction, and prolonged labor with excessive molding of the skull or precipitous labor.  The fetal skull is part bone and part membrane or cartilage.  This renders it vulnerable to distortion during the birth process and this, uncorrected, may persist into adult life, with adverse consequences for the normal growth and development. Karen Korona, M.S., has been a Holistic Health Practitioner providing Craniosacral Therapy, Acu-Touch Therapy and nutritional education to children and adults in the Denver Metro area for over 28 years..  Karen trained with Master teachers in the Eastern healing arts, and studied Craniosacral Therapy with Dr. Upledger in the United States.  Prior to her present career, Karen was a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in neurological imbalances and disorders. Some of the areas that Karen has successfully over the years include:
  • Allergies (food and upper respiratory)
  • Accidents (automobile, motorcycle and biycicle)
  • Learning Differences
  • Colds and flues
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Immune deficiency illnesses
  • Head Injuries
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Meningitis
  • Sports Injuries