What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy (CST) Developed by human osteopath, Dr. William Sutherland, over 100 years age. Dr. Sutherland had discovered that there was an anticipated subtle pulse and flow like wave. To CST practitioners it’s called the third pulse, similar to a heartbeat or breathing. Dr. Sutherland hypothesized that the sutures that connect the bones of the skull allow for this third pulse movement. He also theorized that there is a connection between the motion of these bones and the related tissue, such as the cerebrospinal fluid, central nervous system and the sacrum. While this third pulse should flow freely through the cerebrospinal fluid it can be negatively impacted and restricted by injury/trauma, stress or negative emotions. The restricted flow can result in imbalance to the body with symptoms ranging from cribbing and weaving to blocked tear ducts and TMJ dysfunction. CST is able to free the restrictions in the body and restore the optimal pulse. The therapy is also able to help realign the skeletal structure and help the horse relax. It can also release trauma and negative emotions, thus enhancing the body’s own self healing abilities.
What does Craniosacral Therapy involve?
The therapy uses subtle hands on methods to the horses body to help release restrictions in the musculoskeletal system and in the fascia restoring postural balance and fluidity of the biomechanics. As this is an energy based therapy a light touch is used. There is zero physical manipulation to the bones and tissues. Specific attention is given to the cranium, spine and sacrum, the therapy is not limited to these areas since the whole body is connected.
What can Craniosacral therapy help with?
• Behavior problems
• Biomechanical issues
• Cribbing or teeth grinding
• Difficulty with respiration
• Facial nerve paralysis
• Head traumas and injuries
• Imbalances of the TMJ and the muscles of mastication
• Lameness or difficulty with transitions
• Low back / stifle / hock joint problems
• Lameness / stiffness
• Somatic emotional release
***Massage is not a substitute for veterinary care. We will work closely with you, your vet, chiropractor, and farrier to benefit the whole horse.
What is CRANIOSACRAL therapy?