Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy Near Me

With the fast pace of life, high level of stress, traffic congestion, and environmental factors, it is no wonder that more Los Angelenos are turning to alternative and holistic treatment modalities to address a variety of health issues. At Holistic Healing Heart Center, we are pleased to offer Los Angeles residents and visitors professional craniosacral therapy at our Burbank and Valencia – Santa Clarita offices. If you are wondering, “Is there a professional CranioSacral therapy center near me?” we invite you to learn about this modality, how it works, and why a licensed doctor performs CST at our Burbank and Valencia offices.

What Is Craniosacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, non-invasive hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body by complementing the body’s natural healing processes. CranioSacral Therapy supports the central nervous system and one of the most important body structures, the craniosacral system. Using a soft touch with very light pressure, a craniosacral therapist helps release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. This is achieved by relieving compression in the bones of the head, the sacrum, and the spinal column. Over the course of a 30 minute session with a trained CST practitioner, you can expect relief from pain, and improvement in general wellness and performance. CST is also used as a preventive health measure for its ability to boost resistance to disease. It is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

How Does Craniosacral Therapy Work?

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle and interactive process between you and a trained CST practitioner. At the core of CST is the notion that the practitioner listens and responds to the body. Over the course of the day, the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord absorb stress and strains. Your body can only withstand so much tension until your tissues begin to tighten which ultimately compromises the brain, spinal cord, and nearly every other system in your body. CranioSacral Therapy helps release tension to allow the body to heal and self-correct. During your session, your local Los Angeles CST therapist will monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system and synchronize their gentle touch towards areas that need support.

What Conditions Can Craniosacral Therapy Address?

CST works by relieving compression in the head, neck, and back. This can soothe pain and release both emotional and physical stress and tension. It’s also helps restore cranial mobility and ease or release restrictions of the head, neck, and nerves. Craniosacral therapy can be used for people of all ages. It may be part of your treatment for conditions like:

  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Autism
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Infant and Childhood Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Many Other Conditions

Craniosacral Therapy vs. Massage

Craniosacral Therapy is different from massage. You do not disrobe, and no creams or oils are used. It’s a form of light-touch body work that enhances your body’s natural healing processes to improve the operation of your central nervous system. The distinctive light-touch of this practice improves the body’s ability to take better care of itself by strengthening the resistance to disease and enhancing your health and well-being. While some massage centers offer CST as an option, it is important to seek CST treatment with a licensed therapist.

Side Effects and Risks

The most common side effect of craniosacral therapy with a licensed practitioner is mild discomfort following the treatment. This is often temporary and will fade within 24 hours. There are certain individuals who shouldn’t use CST. These include people who have:

  • severe bleeding disorders
  • a diagnosed aneurysm
  • a history of recent traumatic head injuries, which may include cranial bleeding or skull fractures

CST Procedure and Technique

When you arrive for your appointment, your practitioner will ask you about your symptoms and any preexisting conditions that you have. You’ll typically remain fully clothed during the treatment, so wear comfortable clothing to your appointment. Your session will last about 30 minutes, and you’ll begin by lying down on your back on the massage table. The practitioner may begin at your head, feet, or near the middle of your body. Using approximately five grams of pressure, the provider will gently hold your feet, head, or sacrum to listen to their subtle rhythms. If they detect it’s needed, they may gently press or reposition you to normalize the flow of the cerebrospinal fluids. They may use tissue-release methods while supporting one of your limbs. During the treatment, some people experience different sensations. These may include:

  • feeling deep relaxation
  • falling asleep, and later recalling memories or seeing colors
  • sensing pulsations
  • having a “pins and needles” (numbing) sensation
  • having a hot or cold sensation
  • muscle twitching and involuntary head movement