Craniosacral Therapy

Boost your body’s natural ability to heal

Craniosacral therapy is available in the Milwaukee area at IHS

Rooted in osteopathy, craniosacral therapy (CST) uses extremely light pressure on the head to release restrictions and improve central nervous system flow and function. Here in the Milwaukee area, Dr. Meredith Young offers a unique blend of acupuncture and craniosacral therapy, integrating them in a way that promotes more healing in one session than is possible if each modality is obtained separately. These sessions have been particularly effective for neck and headache pain. The number of sessions will vary with the severity of the disorder. A general course of treatment is one session per week for six to eight weeks but can be as little as one to three sessions total, depending on the circumstances.

When CST can help

CST relies on feeling the rhythm of the craniosacral system, which the therapist is trained to feel with his or her hands. This method is used as a holistic and preventive and healing approach for central nervous system problems and is particularly helpful in alleviating the pain, and even the cause, of migraines, chronic neck and back pain, and motor coordination problems. CST theory and resulting techniques also can have a positive effect on relieving colic in infants and chronic fatigue.

The practice of CST

CST was developed after an eight-year study led by physician John E. Upledger when he was a professor of biomechanics at Michigan State University. Dr. William Sutherland had pioneered the idea through his work in cranial osteopathy. Dr. Upledger was assisting with a neck surgery when he noticed rhythmic movement of a system later to become known as the craniosacral system. CST evaluates and helps the functioning of the craniosacral system — the membranes and fluid that surround the spinal cord and brain. Dr. Young has trained at the Upledger Institute in CranioSacral I and II, and Acupressure and CranioSacral Therapy.

CST practitioners locate and release what are referred to as energy cysts, places where energy has built up and then become blocked, causing symptoms such as neck pain. CST has proved to be an extremely effective and powerful technique, yet uses almost no force on the part of the practitioner. This very subtle therapy can allow the recipient to relive and release all sorts of past injuries, emotional as well as physical.

For further information on craniosacral therapy, visit the Upledger Institute International.

4465 N. Oakland Ave, Suite 200 S    |    Milwaukee    |    414-906-0285    |

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