Frequently asked questions
What is CranioSacral therapy?
The term CranioSacral comes from two words: cranium and sacrum. Cranium refers to the bone at the top of the spine (skull). Sacrum refers to the bone at the bottom of the spine located in your pelvic area — the one that connects your spinal cord to your hip bones and tailbone.
What can I expect on my first visit?
CST is a gentle, light touch treatment from your head to the base of your spine, with occasional guided movement of the extremities (head and neck, arms, legs). On your first visit, you should wear comfortable clothing — like shorts, yoga pants, a light t-shirt or tank top. You’ll remain fully clothed during a CST treatment.
After filling out a brief health history form, and following a discussion with the therapist, you’ll lie in a semi-reclined position on a salon table with a pillow. Blankets are available: Occasionally, a person’s body temperature drops slightly from being in a relaxed state during the session.
What can I expect after my visit?
After your treatment, you will feel very calm and relaxed. Frequently, when the body adjusts itself from CST, it can cause a range of emotions to arise anytime from right after the session to days later. This is a normal part of CST work, as the body stores both physical and emotion pain from illnesses, injuries, surgeries and other events.
We recommend you drink plenty of water after the session, since your central nervous system will be adjusting to changes, as well as releasing toxins. It is equally important to rest as much as possible in the 24 hours after a session in order to allow your body to heal more quickly.
How many times do I need to come to see results?
Generally, results can be noticed after the first session. But depending on the severity of the condition, the greatest results are often achieved in 3 to 5 treatments. CST is a therapy that encourages the body to self-correct, so it needs time to adjust to the treatments.
What ailments can CST address?
CST can address migraines, neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, temporomandibular joint disorder, motor-coordination Impairments, autism spectrum disorder, central nervous system disorders, colic, scoliosis, learning differences, brain and spinal cord Injuries, emotional difficulties, stress-related problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, post-surgical dysfunction and many other conditions.
Are there any conditions that should not be addressed with CST?
Yes. CST is not recommended to treat conditions in which slight variations in intracranial pressure would cause instability, such as acute aneurysm, concussions, recent skull fracture and cerebral hemorrhage or other severe bleeding disorders. If you’re not sure if these situations apply to you, please talk to your physician before receiving CST.
Is CST safe to use along with other medical treatments?
Yes. CST is an increasingly sought-after holistic therapy that is often used to complement other treatments by doctors, dentists, nurses, chiropractors, occupational therapists and physical therapists in both hospitals and private practice.
Where can I learn more about CranioSacral Therapy?
To learn more about CST, please visit The Upledger Institute web site, where you will find more information about what CST is, how it works, and what ailments it’s useful for — as well as what ailments it’s not useful for.