Restoring health and proper functioning to the nervous system is the primary goal of BioDynamic Craniosacral Therapy. This non-invasive treatment was developed based on Osteopath Dr. William G. Sutherland’s discoveries of the movement of cranial bones in the early 1900’s.
The patient of BioDynamic Craniosacral Therapy can expect a session to range from 30 minutes to an hour and a half. During the session the patient will lie comfortably on a massage table and relax while the practitioner will listen for the body’s fluid, tissues and natural movements to guide them through the treatment process. It is a holistic method to bring about healing as the practitioner applies light and gentle touch to the areas of the body that appear to need work. They may start with the cranium or the feet and do not rely on manipulations as traditional therapies are known to do. The patient may need to have three to ten sessions depending on symptoms and needs and outcomes of the previous sessions. Some patients choose to receive treatment long-term or with tune-up sessions.
The intended application for this therapy is any patient wishing to improve their health by improving their brain and nervous system. The patient’s expected outcomes range from subtle to dramatic. This treatment has seen prevention and improvement of chronic conditions. Some anecdotal evidence has shown BioDynamic Craniosacral Therapy to improve conditions such as imbalances, compression or pressure feelings, depression, organ dysfunctions, head injuries, confusion, learning difficulties, and TMJ as well as other dental issues. A variety of traumas may also be treated including traumas from falls, abuse, loss/grief, PTSD, surgery, and birth.
While the practice ranges over 100 years it wasn’t until 2006 that the International Affiliation of BioDynamic trainings (IABT) issued standards of practice for the field to include trainings. It was also at this time that the field was given its official name to differentiate it from other Craniosacral Therapies, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST). This change has allowed the field to become much more consistent and provide a more reliable form of treatment for the patient. Protecting the field is a top priority so that patients continue to experience the healing they are seeking.