This is a very important study about the use of CranioSacral therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders! Have you tried CranioSacral Therapy?
From the study’s extract:
The objectives of this preliminary study were to explore: the use of CranioSacral Therapy for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the demographics of participants, and the retrospective interpretation of reported changes related to the intervention. Participants included therapists, parents, and clients.
This paper is a review of clinical experiences providing developmental therapy services for three boys diagnosed with paediatric neurotransmitter disease.
The clinical presentation of paediatric neurotransmitter diseases might parallel other diagnostic characteristics seen in a typical paediatric therapy clinic (i.e. hypotonia, motor and cognitive delays, coordination, expressive speech, and ocular motor difficulties.) From the clinical perspective of the author, sensory integrative function is but one aspect of a thorough evaluation and treatment plan for all patients.
The manifestations of sensory integration dysfunction (SID), also known as sensory processing dysfunction (SPD), can occur alone or be concurrent with a variety of known medical, behavioural and neurological diagnoses. These manifestations of SPD can include, but are not limited to: hypotonia, hyperactivity, irritability, distractibility, attention difficulties, learning difficulties, clumsiness and incoordination, instability, poor motor skills, social-emotional difficulties, and behavioural problems.
This paper summarizes the theory and practice applications of sensory integration. The author discusses clinical experiences providing occupational therapy services utilizing sensory integration methods and strategies with clients who were eventually diagnosed with SSADH deficiency.
This is a very interesting article … Makes ya go hmmmm….
We have anatomical terms that help give credibility but there’s a lot that can’t be explained in a satisfactory way to people who want hard science. Let’s face it, there’s a fair bit of Mystery that informs our work no matter how much we try to cloak it in anatomy and physiology.
It doesn’t mean craniosacral isn’t effective. It doesn’t mean we don’t get results. Perhaps it means we’ve been too busy actually doing the work to take the time to figure out the why behind it.
A primary focus of CranioSacral Therapy is to gently lessen the body’s connective tissue strain and decrease meningeal stress. CranioSacral Therapy is based partly on the theory that certain light-touch manual techniques can help relieve cell stress and improve health by enhancing the form and balance of the connective tissue matrix, in particular connective tissue layers surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Do you or anyone you know have trouble sleeping? If so, pass along this great article from Spirituality & Health:
Craniosacral therapy is known to treat a myriad of problems including sleep disturbances. Honolulu based craniosacral therapist Valerie Collins explains that, “the light-touch approach of craniosacral therapy helps to calm the body by enabling the client to enter into a state of deep relaxation, similar to meditation.” But it doesn’t just help induce relaxation and improve sleep; it’s touted as healing everything from headaches to learning disabilities.
The Upledger website recently featured an article with information on the intensive program for football players and their history of concussions.
From the article:
Five former professional football players, including Ricky Williams, recently participated in the five-day intensive manual therapy concussion program and preliminary pilot research project at the Upledger Institute Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens. The intensive program was designed for football players with a predisposition to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
The players were treated by 23 therapists from around the U.S., Canada, France and Australia. Therapies utilized during this program were primarily CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and Neural Manipulation.
The objective of this study was to demonstrate that advanced therapies administered by certified, licensed manual therapists would help to alleviate the symptoms of post concussion syndrome.
Read all about the upcoming documentary film about Dr. John Upledger, a “groundbreaking physician whose discoveries changed countless lives.”
From the producer and director of the multi-award-winning documentariesTwo Spirits and Beautiful Faces comes a fascinating look at one of the most visionary physicians of the last hundred years—a ground-breaking healer who risked ridicule in order to explore a virtually unknown physiological system and its vital role in human health and healing.
From his chance observation of something extraordinary during a 1970 surgery to a legacy of more than a hundred thousand practitioners around the world of what he named craniosacral therapy, Touch is an inspiring film that chronicles a life lived for discovery, challenge, purpose, and profound concern for the health and wellbeing of others.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system (the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that protect the brain and spinal cord). CST involves light-touch manipulation of the bones in the skull, sacrum, and coccyx to correct an imbalance that can adversely affect the development of the brain and spinal cord and can result in sensory, motor, and neurological dysfunction. Developed by Dr. John Upledger, CST is used by a variety of health care professionals. See www.upledger.com