A light-touch technique is gaining popularity among those dealing with pain and disorders. It's called craniosacral therapy.
Craniosacral therapy is a new kind of holistic treatment that's started gaining popularity with some who are looking for relief from stress, strained muscles, or a dysfunction.
Cheryl Larson is a licensed massage therapist who has been practicing this integrative technique for more than two decades.
“Most people don't realize that a lot of their discomforts that they feel are usually right into that central nervous system; so the only way in there, without during surgery is through craniosacral therapy,” Larson said.
The difference between craniosacral therapy and a massage is therapists aren't pushing the tissue around, they are mobilizing the tissue through a very light, manual touch on and along the bones, which are located from your skull all the way down to your pelvis.
“The ability to feel or palpate, is a trained, refined sensitivity in your hands,” Larson said. “What this does is it gets to the core. It really helps that central nervous system reset.”
Larson said she can feel the patterns of strain in the cerebrospinal fluid, which houses the brain and spinal column.
The weight of the pressure that you're seeing being exerted right now on this client is anywhere between 0 grams to 5 grams; and 5 grams being the equivalent to the weight of a nickel.
Larson told Eyewitness News she has treated patients all ages ranging from infants to the elderly.
Eyewitness News spoke to Lee Paradis, who swears that craniosacral therapy has helped ease her traumatic brain injury symptoms.
“I had done some other kinds of holistic therapies: acupuncture and that sort of thing,” Paradis said.
But Paradis said that this is the only therapy that gave her immediate results.
“It's not like a deep-tissue massage, or anything like that. It's very, very relaxing, but in a different way,” Paradis said. “When I came in it was like my brain was having a little meltdown; there were all these synapses going off and little fireworks; and by the time I left that was kind of all calmed down and I could think clearly and process easier.”
Since her first session, four months ago, her daily headaches have stopped and she says she has been able to sleep better. But there are critics who believe this method has little to no therapeutic value.
For more information, contact Larson:
Cheryl Larson, Cranial Connections
2 Chapman Lane
Gales Ferry, CT 06335
Or visit her website here.
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