A Hands-on Process
During craniosacral therapy, Dr.
Strickfaden uses a light touch equivalent to a nickel's weight, and
feels the rhythmic motion of the cerebrospinal fluid within the
She checks the rate, amplitude,
symmetry, and quality of this wave-like motion in places where the
craniosacral membrane barrier attaches to bones such as the skull,
sacrum and tailbone.
Any restrictions or blockages are
treated with light-touch adjustments.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle
hands-on alternative medicine procedure for evaluating and
enhancing the function of the craniosacral system (the system
surrounding the brain and spinal cord).
The craniosacral system
influences the whole body by affecting the brain and spinal cord,
as well as the brain's pituitary and pineal gland. As such, the
craniosacral system serves as a core function in that the entire
body's health depends on its well being. As a core function, the
therapy has the ability to treat a wide-range of disorders and
physical disability, including spinal cord injuries.
The Craniosacral System:
The spinal cord is surrounded by a
protective, three-layered membrane system (the meninges) that lies
within the vertebral column. The craniosacral system consists of
this membrane system, the enclosed cerebrospinal fluid, the
physiological structures that control fluid input and outflow, and
It is a semi-enclosed biological hydraulic system
encompassing the brain and spinal cord. Within the system, the
cerebrospinal fluid rhythmically pulses at a rate of about ten
cycles per minute. This is independent of heart or respiratory
Research indicates that the skull
bones gently move continuously to accommodate the fluid pressure
changes within this system. Any occurrence that interferes with the
membrane's ability to accommodate the rhythmically fluctuating
fluid pressures and volumes is a potential problem.
Craniosacral therapy's object is to
find areas of restricted movement that compromise function and
re-establish normal movement. Because the craniosacral system
encloses the brain and spinal cord, it influences the entire
nervous system, affecting many body functions. These include
the brain's important pituitary and pineal glands. These glands, in
turn, have the potential to affect the body's entire hormonal