What are the benefits of Visceral Manipulation and Cranial Sacral Therapy?
Visceral manipulation and cranial sacral therapy may sound like invasive, even scary, techniques. However, these are two of the gentlest bodywork methods that can bring relief from a variety of symptoms.
What is Cranial Sacral Therapy?
Cranial sacral therapy focuses on the bones in the head, spinal column and sacrum (the sacrum is found in the lower back, between the hip bones). First recognized in the mid-1900s as a beneficial therapy, cranial sacral therapy became popular in the 1980s. The purpose of cranial sacral therapy is to increase the function of the craniosacral system. When this system is out of whack, patients report feeling chronic pain. During cranial sacral therapy, the skull, spinal column and sacrum are manipulated to alleviate the tightness and imbalances within the central nervous system.
What are the Benefits of Cranial Sacral Therapy?
When pressure is applied to the craniosacral system, stress and pain is found to be alleviated. This is particularly true for those who suffer from chronic pain.
Aside from pain relief, cranial sacral therapy also can improve the health of the entire body. During manipulation of the soft tissues surrounding the skull and spinal column, any restrictions in those areas are released. Therefore, the body experiences the opportunity to relax.
Those who suffer from the following conditions could benefit from cranial sacral therapy, including:
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Back pain
- Neck pain
What is Visceral Manipulation?
Visceral manipulation is a bodywork technique that aims to loosen the viscera — or, internal organs — from the connective tissues. Increasing organ mobility is especially important after suffering from injuries or undergoing trauma or illness. When organs are tight and unable to move as they should within the body, the person could feel pain and experience overall body dysfunction.
What are the Benefits of Visceral Manipulations?
Organs can lose their mobility from the following issues:
- Infections and illness
- Insufficient diet
- Poor posture
The technique involves compression and elongation of the soft tissues and surrounding areas. As these areas are
manipulated, the body can release its restrictions. Visceral manipulation is common for patients suffering from the following:
- Car accident injuries
- Sports-related pain
- Back pain
- Digestive issues
- Hip pain
- Scar tissue issues — common after surgery and c-sections
If you feel chronic pain or an overall unhealthy body, you may be a candidate for cranial sacral therapy or visceral manipulation. Visit a naturopathic doctor at KOI Wellbeing to find out more. Call today for an appointment: (858) 257-2808.