Craniosacral Fascial Therapy is the work of Dr. Barry Gillespie. It is based on his theory that the Craniosacral and Fascial Systems are not separate but one interconnected system. CFT blends the two established modalities of Dr. William Sutherland’s Cranio Sacral Therapy and John Barnes’ Myofascial Release, along with dental techniques developed from Dr. Gillespie’s experience as a periodontist.
What Is Fascia?
Fascia is the body’s connective tissue, providing a framework that helps support and protect muscles, organs, and the entire body as a unit. It is an all-encompassing web found throughout the body that protects the entire body as a whole. It envelopes muscles, organs, nerves, and even blood, for protection from outside trauma. It supports the musculoskeletal system and allows us to perform functional activities like walking, jumping, running, or simply changing position.
How Is Fascia Damaged?
All of us have experienced trauma: difficult birth, surgery, auto accidents, falls, concussions, dental work/Orthodontics, vaccinations, and emotional trauma. Starting from birth, traumas accumulate and can create strain and toxicity in the craniosacral fascial system, restricting critical brain motion. Damage to the craniosacral fascial system can cause poor blood flow, diminish nerve impulses, hinder brain function, limit range of motion, and cause a host of other ailments.
How Does CFT Help?
Our brains must expand and contract. Any restrictions or damage to this motion can greatly affect our health and wellbeing.
CFT techniques are designed to gently unwind and release accumulated fascial strain. This allows optimal mobility and better brain function. When the Craniosacral Fascial System is loose and open there is free flow of cerebral spinal fluid to help nourish and cleanse toxins.
CFT is effective for all ages and benefits a variety of conditions:
Infant – birth trauma, tongue and lip ties, torticollis, reflux, colic, latching difficulties, difficulty sucking, difficulty swallowing, constipation, indigestion, asymmetric head shape, earache, autism, TMJ, strabismus.
Children – asthma, earache, concussion, ADHD/ADD, learning disorders, sinus conditions, anxiety, neck pain, allergies, bedwetting, headache, scoliosis.
Adults – migraine, concussion, TMJ, neck pain, jaw pain, hip pain, back pain, sinus conditions, anxiety, depression, pelvic pain, whiplash, scars.
To schedule a CFT session (mother or baby), click on the “Pediatric Fascial Therapy” link from the home page.
Article taken from The Gillespie Approach Global Team.