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Craniosacral Therapy at Roots To Thrive

Craniosacral Therapy

Myofascial Release

Charleston, SC 


Benefits of CranioSacral Fascial Therapy:

Benefits of CranioSacral Fascial Therapy:

  • decrease ear and sinus infections

  • improve quality and duration of sleep

  • improve breastfeeding, latch, feeding, and weight gain

  • improve skull shape and form

  • improvement of oral ties and recovery from oral tie release

  • improve breathing, oral mechanics, and teething

  • treats torticollis and neck tightness

  • improve achievement of developmental milestones

  • decrease stress and improve regulation

  • heal birth trauma, headaches, and TMJ dysfunction

  • decrease colic, reflux, GI upset, and improve elimination

Craniosacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.

Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams - about the weight of a nickel - practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

What conditions does CranioSacral Therapy address?

  • Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury 

  • Migraines and Headaches

  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain

  • Autism 

  • Stress and Tension-Related Disorders

  • Motor-Coordination Impairments

  • Infant and Childhood Disorders

  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Fibromyalgia

  • TMJ Syndrome

  • Scoliosis

  • Central Nervous System Disorders

  • Learning Disabilities


  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Orthopedic Problems

  • And Many Other Conditions

Craniosacral Therapy for Infants and Children

Craniosacral therapy is particularly helpful for treating newborns and infants. Difficulty nursing can be a result of tensions and restrictions in the baby’s head, spine or body.  These restrictions can be caused by pressures experienced during late pregancy, and by the forces of birth.  These pressures are increased by fast, long or induced labours, forceps or vacuum assisted births, or caesarean births.

Compressive forces during birth can result in pressure on the nervous system, particularly the cranial nerves that control sucking/swallowing, jaw mobility and the digestive systems.  The baby may have areas of discomfort, muscular tension or bone misalignment.

Symptoms/ Conditions that can be helped with CST

  • difficulty nursing /latching challenges, restricted jaw opening, jaw clamping, weak suck action, difficulty swallowing, on/off fussing, excessive spit-ups (reflux), one-sided feeding challenges (head turns more easily in one direction), crossed or wandering eyes, asymmetrical head

How a Session Works

With clothes on, baby is treated for 30 minutes with gentle releasing techniques from the hands of highly skilled therapists.  Therapists locate and release restrictions and tensions through out the body and the head.  Once fully released, the tension patterns do not return.  Mothers also receive some education and guidance for nursing and self-care.


  • results in happier,  relaxed, nursing baby

  • helps ensure good structural balance and health throughout childhood and beyond

  • enables babies to develop to their greatest potential

Myofascial Release 

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)

The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.

Hands-On Treatment

Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.

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