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.