What is the role of the craniosacral system?
The main function of the craniosacral rhythm is to bring a balance between the body, the environment, its vital energy and the adaptation of the individual to different forms of stress from the outside world. For instance, you probably know people in your surroundings who are never sick or who recover quickly after an infection or from an injury. These people are most likely to have a strong vital energy. In craniosacral therapy the osteopath will lightly place his hands on the head and pelvis to assess the rhythm of the craniosacral system. The therapist evaluates the density, the quality and the quantity of the craniosacral rhythm. Thereafter, a precise positioning of hands is essential to successfully relieve blockages. You can instantly feel an improvement or a gradual improvement, like subdued migraines or reduced fatigue.
Craniosacral therapy is based on five basic principles:
- The inherent mobility of the brain and spinal cord
- The fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid: The nervous system, which includes the brain and the spinal cord, is bathed in a liquid that is similar to the liquid found inside a coconut. The fluctuation can be explained by the fact that the cerebrospinal fluid is constantly produced and absorbed
- The mobility of intracranial and intraspinal membranes: The brain is held at the skull by both of these membranes. The spinal cord is surrounded by the membrane called dura mater, which is fixed on the three upper cervical vertebrae and on the sacrum. It is important that the sacrum be fully mobile because it will have a major influence on the craniosacral rhythm as well as on the rest of the skull
- Articular mobility of the cranial bones: The skull is composed of several pieces of bones attached together. This is why we see some lines on the exterior of the skull
- Involuntary mobility of the sacrum between the ilia: The sacrum is located between the bones of the pelvis. Above it is the fifth lumbar vertebra and below it, the coccyx. Good mobility of the sacrum is necessary to regulate the craniosacral rhythm. The sacrum is comparable to the pendulum of a clock that needs to be free in order to ensure accurate clock time (the skull).
- Problems with the spine
- Chronic neck pain or stiff neck
- Scoliosis from a car accident (whiplash)
- Eye problems: Astigmatism, myopia, diplopia, strabismus, conjunctivitis, hypermetropia
- Problems with the lungs: Allergies, asthma, hay fever
- Problems with the ears: Ringing, Meniere’s Syndrome, loss of hearing, deafness, vertigo
- Troubles associated with the head: Headache (cephalgia), migraine, cerebrovascular accident, epilepsy, head trauma, post concussion syndrome, sinus infection
- Infection in the ears (otitis)
- Pain in children: Birth trauma, language disorders, cerebral palsy, jaw pain