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CranioSacral(SM) Therapy

Occipital Release

CranioSacral(SM) Therapy is a manual treatment technique developed by an osteopathic physician named John Upledger. It monitors movement of the membranes or lining of the head bones and the spinal cord. This pulse or rhythm results from the flow of spinal fluid which enters and leaves the system at a regular rate, usually 6-12 cycles per minute. When the skull bones cannot respond to these changing pressures, the entire body can become compromised resulting in pain, dysfunction and interference of the healing process. By using the cranial bones and sacrum as "handles", the therapist can manually monitor the CranioSacral(SM) rhythm to restore balance and symmetry to the body. This in turn restores connective tissue motion and loss of range of normal movement in joints and muscles. Once balance occurs, there is a decrease in pain with the return of normalized function. It also helps to release "old traumas" from the body that contribute to chronic pain patterns.


Commonly Treated Conditions:

Fibrositis (fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, myositis)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Arthritis and related joint problems
Neck and Back pain
Cumulative Trauma (i.e. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
Migraine and stress headaches
TMJ and jaw disorders
Depression and anxiety
Pain related to history of physical and sexual abuse
Neurological disorders (stroke, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, cerebral paulsy, spina bifida)
Post surgical scar tissue
Gynecological problems
Hearing and ear disorders
Attention Deficit Disorder
Learning Disabilities (i.e. dyslexia)
Orthopedic, joint and soft tissue injuries
Respiratory problems due to trauma and disease


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