Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy – What Is It?
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy sounds like it should be some super high tech miracle procedure. Nothing could be further from the truth. Biodynamic refers to the study of how living things are affected by motion, energy and other forces. The cranium is the skull. The sacrum is the tail bone. The spine connects these bones. Cerebrospinal fluid (CFS) flows through the brain and spine. The energy in our spine and nervous system helps regulate our bodies. The proper flow of CFS and energy is important to good health.
Practitioners of biodynamic craniosacral therapy believe that past traumas, both physical and emotional, can block the proper flow of spinal fluid and energy. Craniosacral therapy benefits the patient by releasing these blockages. Patients are fully clothed during a biodynamic craniosacral treatment. An osteopathic doctor, chiropractor, trained massage therapist or body worker first tunes into the patient’s energy rhythms, known as the Breath of Life. Practitioners claim that they can feel rhythmic movement of the cranial bones and use their hands to ‘listen’ to the fluctuations of the cerebral spinal fluid. As the practitioner becomes still the patient also becomes still. It is believed that the patients are able to access their own inner healing resources from this place of stillness. From there, the practitioner uses osteopathic manipulation to release blockages. Myofascial release techniques are used to gently relax and stretch soft tissue. Biodynamic craniosacral therapy uses a touch no heavier than the equivalent of the weight of a nickel on a person’s skin.
Craniosacral therapy has been used to treat fibromyalgia, symptoms of aging, immune system imbalances, asthma, menstrual pain, migraines, sinus disorders and carpal tunnel pain to name a few.
Although there aren’t many studies on the effectiveness of this procedure, a study was conducted to measure the effects of this therapy on 84 fibromyalgia patients. Researchers wanted to find out if this biodynamic craniosacral therapy could impact depression, anxiety and quality of life. Patients were divided into two groups, one receiving the treatment and the other group got a placebo treatment. Patients were evaluated at the beginning of the study, after 10 minutes, 6 months and 1 year after treatment. The intervention group did better at the 6 month follow up, but there was less difference between the groups at the 1 year follow-up. More well controlled studies are needed to determine the effectiveness of biodynamic craniosacral.