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Do I Need Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy is a treatment specialty available to patients at Vail-Summit Physical Therapy. Patients want to know if cranial therapy would benefit their physical therapy treatment plan. Our highly trained craniosacral therapy and craniosacral massage specialists work with a patient and their doctor to determine if cranial therapy will help accelerate the patient’s wellness.

Vail-Summit Physical Therapy specialists treat Colorado high country patients dealing with a variety of conditions that directly, or indirectly impact the spine – from the cranium to the sacrum. The 8 bones of the head and 33 vertebrae of the spine can be subject to pathology, pain, loss of mobility, imbalance, fluid blockage and stress from illness or injury. Our cranial therapy and craniosacral massage therapists treat these symptoms through a specialized craniosacral treatment plan.

What is Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral massage and cranial therapy rely on non-invasive use of very gentle fingertip pressure to areas of compression among the bones of the cranium, neck, and back. Gentle touch is the hallmark of cranial therapy. Gentle manipulation facilitates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, found within the craniosacral system, normalizing the flow, and eliminating areas of blockage. This process of release restores balance to the bones and soft tissue, relieves pain, and supports healing.

Depending on a patient’s condition, frequency of craniosacral therapy and the use of craniosacral massage may be recommended to support the benefits of a comprehensive cranial therapy plan. A patient may initially require up to three craniosacral massage treatments per week, to accelerate the full benefit, with up to 10 cranial therapy sessions for mild to severe conditions.

Conditions Responsive to Craniosacral Therapy

Our craniosacral massage and cranial therapists find that patients of all ages can benefit from craniosacral therapy as part of a treatment plan. Many conditions affecting the spine indicate cranial therapy including:

  • Chronic back and neck pain

  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and mobility issues

  • Curvature of the spine (Scoliosis)

  • Headaches, including migraine

  • Ear infection

  • Sleep issues

  • Infant colic

  • Constipation, IBS

  • Decreased coordination, increased weakness

  • Fibromyalgia

Patients that should avoid craniosacral therapy will present with a history of skull fracture, cranial bleeding conditions, including a diagnosed aneurysm, and bone loss. Vail-Summit Physical Therapy craniosacral therapy specialists evaluate patient safety such that physical therapy treatment can safely include cranial therapy and craniosacral massage.

Craniosacral Therapy Near Me

Coupled with reduced pain and improved symptoms, patients report an increase in a sense of well-being and a reduction in stress symptoms as benefits from craniosacral therapy, craniosacral massage, and cranial therapy.

To evaluate the benefits of cranial therapy for you, request a consultation with Vail-Summit Physical Therapy today!


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