What is the Craniosacral System?

We all have responses from our internal organs (heart, lungs, viscera) and our nervous system (brain and spinal cord) which are known to be normal or, conversely, signal that something in our body is “not quite right” and requires more experienced attention.

Do you remember the first time you took your own pulse? It might have seemed confusing at first but now you can probably find it easily. With some practice, we have learned to recognize a normal heart rate response under a variety of conditions. Our pulse gives us simple but important information about the state of our heart and circulation. Similarly, you can pay closer attention to the rate and the sounds of your own breathing. That is a basic assessment of the state of your lungs and respiratory system. Your physiotherapist knows how to find another type of pulse which gives her specific information about your nervous system.

Your nervous system has its own pulse called the craniosacral rhythm which is influenced by fluctuating pressure from your cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) as it protects your brain and spinal cord. This sterile fluid coats your nervous system from head (cranium) to tailbone (sacrum) allowing your body to move freely as you bend and twist. There is a delicate balance between the alternating pressure from your CSF and your body’s ability to adapt to stressors, such as changes in air (sinus) and blood pressure. Note how pounding “Chinook Headaches” and throbbing or “pinching nerve pain” are commonly used expressions.

Pamela is adept at palpating and making small adjustments to improve the function of your craniosacral system.

 

Who Can Benefit from CranioSacral Therapy?
  • Anyone who has suffered a physical trauma (direct injury, overuse, underuse, misuse, fracture, surgery, infection, radiation, toxic exposure, etc.)The resultant inflammatory response leads to fibrous tissue deposition, blood flow restriction, oxygen compromise, poor function and compensation of the body’s systems.

  • Anyone who is aware that their symptoms have lasted much longer than the natural expected healing time, that their symptoms refer to a location in their body beyond where the initial injury struck, or seem out of proportion to their initial trauma.

Offered by:

Pamela Klombies, BScPT

What to expect at a CST visit:

After physical injury, some people notice changes in their appetite, sleep patterns, energy levels, headaches, balance, coordination, or concentration.

 

During your session, you will be resting while wearing comfortable clothing as your physiotherapist conducts a complete assessment. Through gentle palpation and very little pressure, Pamela identifies any restrictions in your body’s nerve responses. Small adjustments are made to correct any postural misalignments by mobilizing the pressure around your cranial sutures, spinal joints, lymph, myofascial and nervous tissue.

{You are born with a complex series of reactions to your environment that determine how well you function. A few examples include being able to maintain proper postural alignment and to perform complex movement patterns without having to consciously plan them. Other autonomic (subconscious) reactions we have include balance reactions, fight or flight responses, autoimmune and hormonal responses, yawning, sweating, peristalsis (stomach growling) and postural muscle tone or skeletal muscle fasciculations (twitching).}

What to Expect After CST:

Some people feel a little hormone release of endorphins which helps in muscle relaxation and pain relief. Some people report feeling a little lighter, as if a heavy weight has been lifted from their neck and shoulders, and their breathing pattern changes. You may notice subtle changes in your sleep patterns, attention span, and energy levels over the next week. Most people do not feel like doing anything too physically or socially demanding directly after a CST appointment, as their nervous system seems to want to “power down” and reboot (i.e. rest completely). It is best to listen to your gut instinct.

Occasionally, an individual may experience some treatment soreness or a rebound headache, even though the pressures applied are very subtle. Give your body about 48 hours to adjust, at least until you become more familiar with your response to CST. Pamela will determine where and how much pressure to use in your subsequent visits. She will discuss with you how many appointments you may require and, depending on your progress, prescribe some exercises for you to do on your own.



Fee Schedule:

Initial Appointment - 90 minutes - $150.00

Follow Up Appointment - 60 minutes - $120.00

Missed Appointments/Late Cancellation - Full Appointment Fee

Chart Copies - $75.00 plus GST

Rush Chart Copies - $100.00 plus GST

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