Craniosacral therapy stems from Cranial Osteopathy which was developed by William Sutherland. In the 1970’s, physician and researcher John E. Upledger, studied with Sutherland and developed Upldeger CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on technique based on the principles of cranial osteopathy. It is used worldwide by healthcare professionals to detect and correct restrictions in the craniosacral system.
The CranioSacral System consists of the brain and spinal cord which are enveloped by a tough waterproof membrane called the dura mater and cerebrospinal fluid that is produced within the system. The CranioSacral rhythm is the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid within the borders of the dura mater and intracranial membranes and can be palpated by a CranioSacral therapist. Since the CranioSacral System is connected to the network of fascia that supports your organs, bones and muscles, the rhythm can be felt anywhere on the body. By evaluating its quality and locations of limited mobility, problems can be detected and then treated with subtle touch at various points around the body.
Since the dura mater is attached to the cranial bones and the inner surface of the sacrum, subtle manipulations of these bones are performed to release restrictions in the membranes and dura mater using the cranial bones and sacrum as “handles”. Releases of the membranes can be felt as relaxation, heat, pulsation and sometimes memories of trauma that caused the restriction in the first place. When these feelings are expressed, there is often a dramatic decrease in painful symptoms and improved function of the involved area.
As a physical therapist, I perform an examination by taking a client history and administering tests to recognize problems. From the examination data, I complete an evaluation to form a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. The plan may involve joint mobilization, range of motion exercise, soft tissue mobilization, functional exercise, muscle energy techniques, neural glides and other techniques to improve physical function, restore overall fitness and prevent the onset/progression of disability. I incorporate physical therapy into my practice using only hand-on modalities.
A resonant kinesiologist uses movement, touch and sound to help people increase awareness and learn about their bodies. Resonant Kinesiology is based in the concept that when a body notices itself, it can access its inner healing wisdom and begin healing. Often, deep transformation on a whole body level occurs. Mindy is certified in Resonant Kinesiology.
Yoga uses various breathing techniques and bodily postures to bring strength, balance, flexibility and alignment to the structure of the body and peace and clarity of the mind and spirit. It improves circulation of bodily fluids, mobility of joints and tissues and function of organs and glands. It is an excellent form of exercise in a rehabilitation program. Mindy is certified in teaching Hatha Yoga through the Sivananda Yoga center.
Muscle Energy Techniques
When joint mobility is restricted and the spine or pelvis is out of alignment, the body cannot function optimally. Muscle energy techniques use your muscles in a specific position against a certain counterforce to restore mobility in the joint. This method of treatment can increase range of motion and improve function of the spine and central nervous system.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Lymphatic fluid carries toxins and waste products away from tissues back to the heart through contractions of the smooth muscle cells contained within channels to the nodes and then on to the ducts that return the fluid to the cardiovascular system. Very light pressure in rhythmic motions can stimulate lymphatic flow to help detoxify the body. People with primary and secondary lymphedema would need further treatment from certified practitioners who provide wrapping and advise on pressure garments.