Chiropractors are specialists in the mechanics and treatment of the nervous system. As an adjunctive therapy, CranioSacral therapy (CST) can provide ways to enhance both diagnostic and treatment capacities. The craniosacral system (CSS) comprised of the meninges and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is the encasement and environment for the central nervous system.
It is a dynamic system that has a rhythmical motion created by the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid. We call this the craniosacral rhythm or motion and it is transmitted by the nervous and myofascial systems to all the body’s tissues where it can be easily palpated and monitored. To have unobstructed craniosacral motion of the tissues correlates to health of the tissues.
The craniosacral motion’s relative freedom or obstruction can be used both diagnostically and therapeutically, while also providing treatment feedback.
As a chiropractor, understanding of the nervous system without taking into account its environment and dynamics within which it lives, is to have only half the story.
Integrating this fuller perspective into treatment can dramatically improve results. Understanding the CSS, its anatomy and function, also helps in understanding subluxations, why they occur and why they return.
The dural membrane is a continuation of the meninges out of the cranium that covers the spinal cord and the nerve roots ending with blending to the periosteum of the coccyx. A restriction of the dural membrane can result in contracture of the dural sleeve and therefore the nerve root.
When there is nerve root pressure from a tight dural nerve sleeve it can be coming from anywhere in the meningeal system not just at the vertebral level. Meningeal contraction in the cranium from an impact can translate down the dural tube to the nerve root. In this case then the area of meningeal impaction in the cranium would need to be released for the resultant dural pull lower down in the spinal cord to resolve.
Chiropractic adjustment alone may not always release the dural contracture or restore the craniosacral motion to the vertebral subluxation complex and as a result the subluxation can return. In such cases, the ability to both palpate and treat the CSS can produce better results and more rapid healing.
Learning to palpate the craniosacral rhythm (CSR) to diagnose and treat obstructions of flow in the CSS involves a deepening of subtle palpation skills and contributes to overall enhancement of chiropractic palpatory and treatment skills.
This workshop introduces chiropractors both to the functional dynamics and anatomy of the CSS and palpation of the craniosacral rhythm. The goal is both to provide participants with CST techniques to use within a short time frame, and to contribute to deepening of palpation and treatment skills. The class is designed for a small group, to provide individual attention to participants as they work with each other.
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