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Craniosacral Osteopathy Melbourne

Craniosacral therapy has been around for decades after an Osteopath by the name of Dr William Sutherland (DO) established it as a clinical treatment. It focuses on the balance of the bones in relation to your central nervous system. Therapists use highly skilled touch to identify areas of imbalance in the subtlety that is the craniosacral rhythm. Many people are only aware of respiration and circulation as rhythmic motions of the body but yes there is this third rhythm which is the focus of craniosacral therapy.

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What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) or craniosacral therapy is a type of bodywork that aims to relieve compression in the bones of the head, sacrum (a triangular bone in the lower back), and spinal column, by using light touch & gentle pressure on the head, neck, and back to relieve imbalances.

It can be used to treat a number of conditions such as direct skull or pelvic trauma.

How does craniosacral therapy work?

By gently manipulating the bones in the skull, spine, and pelvis, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system can be normalised which is often felt as less pressure in the body. Restoring balance can removes potential “blockages” from the normal flow, easing the stress on your central nervous system.

When the balance in your body is feeling out of synch, we often describe it as cluttered, emotional, heavy or even just feeling down or flat.  Headaches may also appear or you may experience pressure or tension through your skull and jaw. Craniosacral therapy may help to improve your body’s craniosacral rhythm.

What is the craniosacral rhythm?

The craniosacral rhythm is a unique cycle of movement in the bones and it has a distinct pattern. It’s similar to your breathing pattern but in this case we are mostly exploring your rhythmic movement of the skull and pelvis that is influenced by the cerebrospinal fluid production.

How does the cerebrospinal fluid influence the craniosacral rhythm?

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is produced by small “bodies” in your brain on around a 6 second cycle. So that’s 6 seconds on, then 6 seconds off and so on. This system is know as a semi-closed hydraulic system which really just means, it’s mostly closed off to the rest of the body but the fluid does drain out slowly so there is a constant turnover to nourish your brain and spinal cord. It’s pretty important hey!

So think of the CSF as water and the skull as a balloon. As you fill the balloon with water it will slowly expand due to the increased internal volume of water, then it will slowly reduce again as that water slowly drains out. This movement is predictable in its direction of bone movement to trained professionals in craniosacral therapy.

By guiding you past tense areas to find balance between the bones of the skull and the sacrum in the pelvis.  This is important for fluid dynamics of the body, acting like a pump. 

What would you see a craniosacral therapist for?

  • Headaches or migraine
  • Head pressure & sinus issues
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Jaw imbalances, locking, clicking
  • Facial or head trauma
  • Neck or back trauma
  • Health questions not answered elsewhere…

How does craniosacral therapy feel?

The range of feelings varies a lot. Some people notice very little but feel relaxed at the end of the treatment. Other people have described feelings of (and this can be anywhere in the body):

  • chills or warm rushes
  • electricity
  • pure relaxation where they forgot where they were
  • waves of movement
  • gentle twitching
  • …and more

You wont know until you experience it for yourself.

If this is put together a specific way there must be a function for it.

William SutherlandDO

Dr. Sutherland, the father of craniosacral osteopathy, is best known for viewing the human body as a sophisticated “machine” believing that dysfunction or impairment in one area was bound to compromise the entire structure.

The craniosacral flow is experienced throughout the body from the interactions of our skull bones down to the lower spine (sacrum), as well as through our limbs.  Tuning in to where the rhythm appears blocked is the key to facilitating flow.

Unlocking the potential of your body may be found within craniosacral therapy


We love what craniosacral therapy has to offer

Dr Katie Willy (Osteopath)

It’s the focused listening of the casing that envelopes a phenomenal structure known as our central nervous system (CNS – Brain & Spinal Cord).  

Craniosacral Osteopathy at Boroondara Osteopathy

Dr Elise Fuller & Dr Katie Willy – Osteopaths

We have a deep understanding of the connections and adaptive patterns the body creates in response to injury & trauma, both emotional and physical.  

Our collective interest grew in craniosacral from personal experiences working on and understanding our own skull traumas that occurred as youngsters.  These injuries have been, on reflection, a blessing in disguise for our insight into craniosacral flow. 

“It’s our sensitive and dedicated hands that are attune to the rhythms of the body, that assists us in identifying what path there is to unravel the blockage experienced by our clients.” (Dr Elise Fuller)

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Why call it the CNS?

The CNS is the hierarchical power in our body, the judge and the facilitator, central to our existence.  So what happens when the CNS is too stimulated in one area? It’s possible that it’s under-stimulated in another area, that’s how the scales can balance throughout the entire system; a see-saw of adaptions.

The cranium, as an extension of the rest of the body flow in mechanics, forms part of our whole body approach.  Often the craniosacral system is forgotten in everyday treatment.  It’s important as practitioners, to include this area in our thinking so we can understand your whole picture.

At Boroondara Osteopathy, we love to treat and find the long-term solution for residents in Balwyn, Balwyn North and surrounding suburbs.

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