The science behind Cranio-Sacral Therapy

cranio-sacral-therapyCranio-Sacral Therapy is one of the controversial therapy methods because of how it can be made to look like almost any kind of massage like therapy as the name implies and if one sees how it is done it might look like it is simple but that is kind of the thing. This type of therapy method is hard to learn but is easy to kind of replicate but the results are not the same and can easily fool people. Given that aren’t you interested in how the therapy system works? Also it goes with the theme of the season as it is Halloween season and it kind of relates to the skull well kind of like that.

So how does cranio-sacral therapy work? Cranio-sacral therapy works by the principle that everything in the body moves as such any part that moves too much or moves too little is problematic to the body. So why is the method called Cranio-Sacral Therapy? The thing is the technique itself is named on which part of the body this technique was discovered.

So how was Cranio-Sacral Therapy developed? Cranio-Sacral Therapy according to what I remember was discovered when a person applied compression to certain parts of the skull. The thing is if certain parts of the skull was compressed pain was not only localized in the compressed area pain also appeared somewhere not even in the compressed area of the head as such the concept of treating the whole body using the head appeared at this point.

So why does applying compression on the head appear on other parts of the body? This is because there is a certain part of the body that encompasses the whole body and this body part is not the skin. So what is that body part? Just for fun what is the only part of the body that when inflated appears as another replica of the person? The body part itself is the fascia. It is quite versatile that when it is inflated it is like a person balloon.  Knowing this why can a compression in the head appear elsewhere in the body. This is because any disruption in the body is compensated by another part of the body which is a  component of the fascia. So knowing that I think you are asking whether only compression can cause this effect? Any change in the bones in the head can cause changes in  any part of the body which somehow differs from person to person this is also the reason why there are types of stress related head aches that seem to lessen when the head is massaged hard.

How do you do Cranio-Sacral Therapy? The basic principle of cranio-sacral therapy is to influence the fascia by directly manipulating the structures closer to the surface of the fascia. The by affecting a small part of the body other parts are then influenced to move or slow down based on what was done by the therapist. This is basically a principle playing around with the laws of motion that to move an object a sufficient amount of force is needed and to stop it, it will need an equal or stronger force so as to be able to stop it. Knowing this since the basic computation of force is mass multiplied by acceleration and the parts being influenced were not that big then this would only need a small amount of force. The common misconception of the non-practitioners is that they usually state that fascia cannot be stretched with minimal force and would need force equal or more than a steam roller which are pretty huge things. The thing is you are not stretching fascia you are kind of unwrapping it open. If you have tried to pull paper  apart which is harder to do to pull a crumpled paper open or to pull a crumpled paper apart. You will definitely be having difficulty with pulling a apart a straight paper than pulling open a crumpled paper. As such the technique aims to bring the form of the fascia as close to optimal and not to stretch the fascia which even I would consider impossible with human hands at least.

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