Frequently asked questions

How can CST help Autism?

According to Dr. John Upledger DO, autism is related in part to a loss of flexibility and probable inflammation of the membrane layers surrounding the brain. According to Johns Hopkins studies there are increased levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, neurological activation and inflammatory changes in the CSF of children with autism. These children also have restrictive forces on the brain tissue that cause strain to the

different brain structures, the osteopathic model states dysfunction follows. When the restrictions are removed the brain tissue can flush toxins and inflammation out of the brain tissue. This detoxification naturally elevates biochemical processing, increasing the functioning of neurological pathways. The Upledger Institute posted a video on their website about a child with Autism, here is the link for your viewing.

How does CST help with emotions or physical trauma?

During birth, the cranial bones can become “stuck” or restricted creating tension on the brain and related nerves. When the membranes in the craniosacral system have tension it can keep the body from functioning appropriately, leading to an imbalance in the nervous system and possible symptoms/complaints such include colic, constipation, acid reflux, nursing problems, sleeping difficulties, ear infections, and much more. There are also patients that have had to deal with trauma at some point in their lives, both emotional and physical. The body can in turn retain the emotional imprint from the trauma leading to some residual effects. These effects sometimes present themselves as physical ailments. CST can help children rid their bodies of these patterns using SomatoEmotional Release (SER) techniques. SER is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CST to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma. SER offers applications designed to enhance results using CST and other complementary therapies. Through SER, the patient does not need to analyze the problem to release it, and the patient can therefore be treated with privacy.

How can children get CST restrictions?

This can go all the way back to their birth, so depending on your child history we may find many reasons for the restrictions. Some of the more common reasons are:

  • Breech
  • Cesarean
  • Childhood falls
  • Difficult labor
  • Forceps delivery
  • Infections/Illness
  • Multiples (twins, triplets)
  • Self-injurious behaviors
  • Stress to nervous system
  • Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Vacuum extraction
  • Sports/gymnastics/cheerleading/dance

Is there an age minimum or maximum for CST?

We see kids from a few days old to adulthood. After an evaluation I suggest CST for those kids that are good candidates.

How long is therapy typically?

This varies depending on age, previous trauma and developmental needs. I usually see them for 30-minute appointments twice weekly for a period of time then once weekly until the restrictions have been removed, average care is about 12 weeks if done consistently. After the initial care I see them once monthly or when they are sick to help with drainage, have growth spurts or falls to keep things moving correctly. I always tell parents this is a short-term therapy for a long-term result.


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