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Cranio-Sacral Therapy For Strokes

by Jean Kowalski

For over 30 years, osteopathic physician and researcher John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, has been a proponent of using the rhythm of another body system – the craniosacral system – to enhance body functioning, and help alleviate pain and discomfort.

The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area.

Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction in it could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities. These problems could include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities, and other health challenges.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your central nervous system.

Craniosacral Therapy incorporates a whole-person approach to healing including the deeper connections of mind, body, and spirit. It is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of illnesses helping to create the optimal conditions for health, encouraging vitality, and facilitating a sense of well-being. It is suitable for people of all ages including babies, children, and the elderly, and can be effective in acute or chronic cases. CranioSacral Therapy can support the healing and recovery process in a way few other therapies can. It is extremely gentle and non-invasive. This therapy allows the patient to enter a deep relaxation in which the body does all its healing work, by releasing the tension and restrictions in the tissues.

The subject of CranioSacral Therapy and strokes is an in-depth topic. There are different varieties of strokes, ranging from hemorrhage to an embolism or thrombosis (hardening of the arteries). In any case, poor blood circulation anywhere in the body increases one’s vulnerability to strokes. The key is improving blood circulation throughout the body and to support recovery from the stroke and to ward off another stroke in the future. Optimal results can be obtained if the patient begins treatment within one or two months after the stroke and when cleared by the physician. CranioSacral Therapy has been effective over a wide range of health problems associated with pain and dysfunction. The result is a central nervous system free of restrictions and a body that’s able to return to its greatest level of performance.

Jean Kowalski LMT, ATP®, owner of Colors of Joy Healing Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire, has over 16+ years of experience in alternative and integrative healing. Jean brings to the community a wealth of wisdom and healing knowledge, by offering individual and group healing sessions, workshops, and gatherings. For more information, Jean may be reached by email: Website –

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