Craniosacral therapy aligns your spine and brain stem to allow for the free flow of spinal fluid, which improves healing for a number of disorders. At PDX Bodyworks Physical Therapy in Portland, Oregon, the expert team provides craniosacral therapy to manage headaches and migraines, epilepsy, neuralgia, and similar conditions. Call PDX Bodyworks Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.
Craniosacral Therapy Q & A
What is craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a hands-on treatment that uses light pressure to relieve compression along your spine while evaluating fluid movement through your central nervous system, which includes your brain and spinal cord. The goal is to remove blockages in this system, allowing fluid to flow more freely, and ultimately enhancing the healing process.
The team at PDX Bodyworks Physical Therapy invites you to a consultation so they can evaluate your condition and plan your craniosacral treatment. They typically recommend a course of 3-10 sessions initially, with possible maintenance sessions afterward. You might benefit from additional treatments alongside craniosacral therapy, such as acupuncture.
What does craniosacral therapy treat?
Craniosacral therapy can treat many neurological conditions, neurodegenerative diseases, and other conditions that impact your head, spine, and nerves. The team at PDX Bodyworks Physical Therapy can provide personalized craniosacral therapy to treat:
- Headaches and migraines
- Chronic pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Sleep disturbances
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
During your initial visit and treatment consultation, the team reviews your medical history to make sure craniosacral therapy is a good fit for you. The team may encourage you to explore other options for treatment if you have a recent concussion, cerebral swelling, or other brain-related concerns incompatible with craniosacral therapy.
What should I expect during craniosacral therapy?
Some say that craniosacral therapy is similar to getting a massage. With soft music and low lighting, you may relax throughout the treatment as you stay fully clothed and lay down on your back.
During the hour-long session, the team uses a light touch with gentle pressure to hold your feet, sacrum, and head. As they do so, they feel for indicators and rhythms that allow them to assess the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. They may press on certain areas or reposition body parts to relieve stress.
As you go through craniosacral therapy, it’s not uncommon to experience various sensations. You might feel numbness, pins and needles, or the sensations of hot or cold temperatures. These sensations are a normal part of disrupting blockages and improving fluid flow in your spine.
To learn more about craniosacral therapy and its benefits, call You. (503) 206-8988