Natural Headache Prevention with Craniosacral Therapy

Natural Headache Prevention with Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy for Chronic Headaches Craniosacral therapy developed from the work of osteopath, William Garner Sutherland, a pupil of Andrew Taylor Still the father of osteopathy. Underpinning Still’s philosophy of health was the idea that structure governs function. If the body’s structure is not right it will not function properly. He also believed that the body has all the necessary elements within it to restore health. Sutherland’s insight came from observing a skull specimen which he noted that the sutures, or skull joints appeared to be arranged in such a way as to allow movement. He discovered that not only do skull bones move but the underlying membranes, nerve tissue and fascia also exhibit this involuntary motion. This motion is expressed by a two phase cycle which can be known as inspiration/expiration from Sutherland’s concept of this motion being the primary respiratory mechanism central to which is the rhythmical flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This cycle is independent and slightly slower than the breathing rate at approximately 10 cycles per minute. He further discovered that in line with Still’s principles that any structure whose motion is disturbed leads to dysfunction. These dysfunctions can be associated with symptoms such as head neck and back pain to organ and hormonal disturbances. Sutherland and his followers also developed techniques to correct these motion disturbances. These are mostly very gentle indirect techniques. Motion disturbances can be caused by mechanical, chemical or psycho-emotional trauma. Examples of which may be whiplash, meningitis or grief. Imbalances in the craniosacral system can begin in the womb or through a difficult birth. During the birth process the cranial...