Description and Analysis of Craniosacral Therapy Essay

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Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, powerful health care approach that acts through the tissue, fluid, membranes and central nervous system to aid in enhancing the health of the whole body (Enslin and Associates, 2014). Alexander (2001) mentions that there are rhythmic impulses brought on by the cerebrospinal fluid in the cranium and sacrum, and that if these impulses are weak, this represents an imbalance or illness in the body, but she also found out that tender touches and manipulation of the cranium and sacrum can restore the balance and improve the health of the whole body.

A diagram of the Craniosacral System
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Dr Upledger came to understanding that most of the cranial work can be efficiently and simply taught to people with no osteology background, another factor that effectuated him is the psychological and emotional aspects of this cranial work that led him to devise that “for true healing, there had to be some form of psychological, as well as physical, release” (Alexander, 2001). He established The Upledger Institute, which is a clinical and educational training (Enslin and Associates, 2014).
The table below presents the conditions that are believed to respond well to craniosacral therapy
Musculo-skeletal Mind and Emotions Illnesses and other conditions
Chronic pain
Head injury
Frozen shoulder
Birth trauma
Trigeminal neuralgia Anxiety
Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD)
Post-Traumatic stress
Learning disabilities Headaches
Ear infections
Chronic sinusitis
TMJ(jaw) problems
Brain and spinal cord dysfuction
Chronic fatigue syndrome

Young children seem to respond well to craniosacral therapy (Ernst,2001) Practitioners treating patients (The Craniosacral Therapy Association of South Africa, 2014)
Colic is one of the many conditions in babies that are successfully treated by craniosacral therapy, the restriction of the occipital cranial base causes irritation of the vegus nerve which

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