Cranial Structural Bodywork

At Surgical Alternative we specialize in Cranial Structural Bodywork

Cranial Structural Bodywork is a complete full body restructuring and balancing program for rehabilitation from acute (pain that resolves more quickly) and chronic pain (pain lasting for long periods of times, even months and in many cases years). Cranial Structural Bodywork is a combination of multiple modalities and techniques including Cranial Structural Therapy, Structural Bodywork and Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing) techniques:

Our primary goal:  To help people to return to daily life activities pain free·

Structural Bodywork techniques utilize an integration of Structural Soft Tissue Releases and specific deep tissue massage and soft tissue protocols to release the restrictions in the body that cause pain and discomfort.

The Structural Bodywork techniques are based on old Osteopathic information which is designed to treat the body, mind and spirit.  Structural Bodywork incorporates a series of cranial motions to release cranial restrictions by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex or increased flexibility of muscles and overlying fascia. These restrictions produce compensations throughout the body. For instance, if you hurt your leg or ankle you begin to over compensate with the other leg causing your body to become unbalanced, which can led to pain. If not resolved  it can led to other more severe issues as you age. Many things we have done to our bodies over the years show up and manifest in different ways.

Cranial Structural Therapy

uses a combination of CranioSomatic, Facilitated Pathways Intervention, and Cranial Structural Therapy techniques. Great for those looking for balance, cranial decompression, detox, improved sleep, or relaxation.   These sessions  focus on balancing the body by releasing obstructions in the cranium that cause pain while rebalancing the spine and pelvis, helping to also boost the immune system and provide a  complete body rehabilitation.

CranioSomatic Therapy  is an integrative and holistic approach to treating many common dysfunctional and painful conditions involving muscles and joints. ‘Cranio’ refers to the head, and ‘Somatic’ refers to the muscles of the body. CranioSomatic therapies primarily use cranial techniques to facilitate changes in the function of muscles, which helps the body’s whole structure shift into a more balanced and comfortable alignment. A practitioner uses his or her hands to gently improve the ranges of motion of the bones of the head and its very important attachments to your neck. The benefits can be demonstrated by evaluating the function of your muscles before and after treatment.

Cranial Structural Therapy differs from craniosacral therapy in several important ways.

Cranial Structural Therapy is a structural approach. The treatment focus is on improving movement in fascia, muscles and tendons, from the top of your head to your toes.

Our primary objective is to relieve the pain and limitations our patients experience when their joints and muscles are restricted or do not function comfortably. Results that our patients can see and feel very soon after treatment are always the goal.

Cranial Structural Therapy evaluations include the use of several techniques from Applied Kinesiology (manual muscle testing, therapy localization and challenge) for both pre-treatment evaluation and confirmation of results.

Cranial Structural Therapy benefits are usually long-lasting. Improvements typically result in increased range of motion, improved performance, and a reduction in pain and other symptoms, whether your patients are competitive athletes or simply going about their typical work and recreational activities.

Who can benefit from Cranial Structural Therapy?

Almost anyone who has aches and pains in muscles or joints
Individuals with headaches or TMJ problems
People with limited joint range-of-motion
Athletes seeking to improve their performance
Children with functional problems or developmental delays
Any age group, from infants to super-seniors
Individuals with a functional or idiopathic scoliosis
People with a functional short leg and/or a tipped and rotated pelvis

Cranial Structural Therapy improvements are especially effective in reducing or eliminating sciatica, TMJ, and many other chronic problems.

Facilitated Pathways Intervention (FPI) is especially effective in reducing or eliminating pain and dysfunction that is the result of trauma, stress, or repetitive motion. It is an innovative manual therapy developed by Dr. Flo Barber, and treatment is based on the relationships she has identified between superficial soft tissue areas of the head and related joint and muscle functions throughout the body.

The gentle techniques of FPI work indirectly to reduce pain and improve mobility throughout the body. This therapy can provide effective treatment for areas that are too painful for direct touch, because FPI therapy is performed on a related area of the head, neck or collarbone. FPI is usually very relaxing, so it can be effective even for patients with low energy levels. Read more about FPI Therapy.

Cranial Structural Therapy is very effective at treating painful conditions as a stand alone therapy, but we also offer Structural Bodywork that integrates our cranial therapy and our structural bodywork techniques to provide maximum results.

The integration of specific Cranial/Structural releases with specialized deep tissue massage and soft tissue techniques will release the restrictions, and then subsequent structural sub-patterns that the body moves through in the rebalancing process. Our Cranial Structural Bodywork techniques have had proven success in treating painful conditions such as TMJ, bulging discs, back pain, headaches/migraines, sports related injuries, plantar fascitis, carpal tunnel, sciatic pain, tendonitis, and other painful physical conditions found throughout the whole body. Please see our symptoms pages for full details.

At Surgical Alternative, we have been helping people cure many conditions associated with  headaches/migraines, neck pain, shoulder pain, herniated discs or bulging discs, carpal tunnel, nerve entrapment, sciatica (providing sciatic pain relief), back pain, and much more – that is usually related to the musculoskeletal issues. Through a combination of techniques including structural bodywork techniques and cranial therapy we are able to release restrictions allowing the body to return to normal and helping our clients return to a pain free active life.