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Craniosacral Therapy in Lakeville

chiropractor touching persons headA gentle, hands-on type of bodywork, craniosacral therapy (CST) stems from osteopathy, an approach that places emphasis on the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease. CST is focused on feeling a very subtle rhythm in the body. It’s the craniosacral rhythm, meaning it’s the part of your body that includes the cerebrospinal fluid—the skull, and then through the spinal cord and down into the sacrum.

How Does This Therapy Work?

Employing a very subtle, gentle touch, CST feels for any restrictions and differences in the amount of movement or the rate of movement in various areas throughout the body. This therapy is particularly ideal for people who are in acute pain or are extra sensitive to physical pressure.

The craniosacral rhythm is caused by the filling and emptying of the cerebrospinal fluid within the craniosacral system. CST is rooted in the fact that our bodies heal themselves and innately know what needs to be corrected first. With CST, we’re supporting the body to heal itself, instead of pressing for what we think needs to be done.

Consider a knot in a rope or a necklace. You may see the biggest area and think you need to fix it there. But if you examine the knot more closely, you may see that you need to address another area first, one piece at a time and in a certain order to get that knot out.

Let’s say a person has pain in the right low back. Using typical manual therapy techniques, that’s where our physical therapist Crystal Luxmore would work on it. However, your body may benefit more by first addressing something in the left hip to allow lasting, effective changes in the area that’s painful.

Craniosacral therapy can be effective for managing the following:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Inner ear pain

With the upper back, because there are so many layers of muscle and bone, getting deep inside can be difficult. That’s why craniosacral therapy is incredibly effective—it helps shift things from the inside.

A CST session, which lasts 30-60 minutes, is similar to massage therapy, except you remain fully clothed. You’ll be in a quiet private room to foster relaxation. The first step is having a consultation with Crystal to identify problem areas. She will use gentle pressure techniques to determine if there are disruptions or restrictions in your fascial system.

Crystal will employ a light touch and fascial release, which may help your muscles and organs naturally relieve stress. CST can improve the functioning of the central nervous system. You may also experience a sense of deep relaxation.

Is craniosacral therapy right for everyone?

We feel that just about everyone can benefit from CST. However, the therapy may not be appropriate for some conditions. You’ll need to talk with Crystal or Dr. Jake to determine if you’re a candidate for CST.
How many sessions will I need?

It depends on your condition. You may benefit from having anywhere between 3 and 10 sessions. Regular maintenance sessions may also be helpful. You’ll be given recommendations about frequency of visits.
Is craniosacral therapy (CST) covered by insurance?

When provided by a Physical Therapist, it can be covered as any other treatment modality.

Schedule Today

Wondering if craniosacral therapy could benefit you? Contact Family Chiropractic and Wellness today to book an appointment.


Craniosacral Therapy Lakeville MN | (952) 431-7400