Osteopathic based manual therapy and its offshoot Cranial Sacral Therapy are subtle but very effective methods of increasing the body’s mobility and vitality.
Due to poor posture, daily activity, or injury, bones, joints, and muscles can become misaligned or compromised. The connective tissue surrounding these structures can become rigid and fixed, complicating the problem. These methods are slow and precise. Moreover, they often get to the root causes of physical pain: the practitioner gently makes contact with the connective tissue and gives the body time to “unwind”. When combined with acupuncture, these gentle methods can provide quick relief from long standing physical problems.
is based on the work of the osteopath Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (pictured left), the father of modern western manual treatments. In fact, Ida Rolf (creator of Rolfing) was healed by an osteopath and then studied under one as she created her own system she called Structural Integration.
Dr. Andrew Taylor Still developed his system of therapy in the wake of the civil war and the death of his family from spinal meningitis. Dr. Still committed himself to studying the human body and developing ways to heal without the use of conventional methods of the day.
The techniques are non-imposing and allow the body to unwind the tension held within the connective tissue.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is attributed to Dr. William Sutherland (pictured right) who furthered Still’s work and became focused on cranial osteopathy and it’s connection to the sacrum. Sometimes, the best way to correct the sacrum is to correct the cranium and vice versa. He also maintained that the cranial bones were not fused and could be gently manipulated with very light touch to correct structural imbalances and facilitate healing.