CranioSacral Therapy for Children

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of treating the membranes and cerebral spinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This treatment assists the self-corrective nature of the nervous system by freeing up tight structures thus leading to reduced pain and stress, strengthening immune system recovery, improving information movement through the nerve channels, and enhancing health and well-being. Because it’s so gentle, CST has been proven effective for people of all ages, for all kinds of problems affecting the nervous system.

How is CranioSacral Therapy Performed?

A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takeS place in a quiet, peaceful setting. Parents are encouraged to bring toys and blankets to the session that the child will associate with comfort. The child remains clothed, and is treated  on a padded table, chair or floor.


Parents stay in the therapy room and participate in the child’s session. They may lie on the table, sit close by or lie on the floor with the child, if that helps the child feel more secure.


Reactions to CST vary. Children may sleep through the session, while others may be alert, and even crawling around (toys come in handy to distract them and keep them stationary). Older children are usually confortable lying on the table and relaxing. CHildren may be silent or vocal, and sometimes may cry. The therapist works with the child to help them to feel secure and relaxed.


Even a single session can help your child achieve priceless benefits, from calmness and greater focus to better intgrated sensory facilities. Additional sessions can extend and strengthen these outcomes, which may help in creating a lifetime of good health for your child.

CranioSacral Therapy Has Been Shown To Help with

Congenital Disorders

Chronic Ear Infections

Sleep Issues

ADD and ADHD

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Cerebral Palsy

Erb’s Palsy

Digestive Disorders

Connective Tissue Disorders

Emotional Difficulties

Hearing Disorders

Eyesight Issues

Learning Disabilities

Motor-Coordination Impairments 

Nerovascular Disorders

Immune Dissorders

Post-Surgical

Seizures

Sensory Processing Disorders

Anxiety

Depression

and much more

The Role of CST in Assisting with Nerodevelopment Disorders

Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders

The science behind these conditions suggest some degree of body inflammation. The biological reasons for this inflammation are now coming to light. CST has been shown to treat the consequences of inflammation of the brain and nerves. This helps to soften and loosen tight body parts. CST has also been shown to calm the brain, which can assist with learning and self-control.

CST has been reported in research to help alleviate or diminish the following:

Sleep Disturbances

Shallow Breathing

Irritibility, Erratic and Repetitive  Behaviours

Sensory Overload

Tantrums

Anxiety

Fight-Flight Reactions

Head Banging

Self-Abusive mutilation

Self-Stimulation Behaviours

Aggression

Intense Sensory Seeking


CST has been observed to improve the following:

Normalize reactions to sensations

Achieve calmness and focus; readiness to learn and interact

Feel sensory feedback, so body and hands start doing more things

Communication abilities (verbal and nonverbal)

Self cares

Quality of life for the child and family

Works with the biomedical approach toward recovery of symptoms

Helps reduce seizure activity

Promotes detox of the body

Assists in healing tissues and organs

Augments existing multidispline therapy programs

In a recent international research study on the benefits of using CST with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

A majority of participants reported measurable changes begin to emerge within 1 to 5  sessions after beginning CST.


The top three areas evaluated change in behaviour following CST were general behaviour, sensory reactions, and social.


Participants also reported improvements in cognitive skills, communication, emotional stability, and biological functions.

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What parents are saying about CranioSacral Therapy

“CranioSacral Therapy has an immediate calming effect on my child. He relaxes and lets go. He will often ask for a session if we have forgotten to make an appointment. Monthly sessions seem to work best now.”


“My daughter, who doesn’t like being touched, not only copes with, but seems to look forward to, going to her CST treatment. It makes her feel better.”


”CST madea dramatic difference in sensory defensiveness (improved), allowed better sleep, and has been a key therapy in helping my son. It has been a vital and necessary therapy...”

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