Why craniosacral therapy will be more widely used in the future

by | Apr 3, 2024 | Brain Health | 0 comments

Dr. Ronald Lavine practices chiropractic in New York City and Princeton, NJ

Here’s the opening statement from a recent scientific article:

Diseases such as Alzheimer’s and small vessel disease (another common cause of dementia) are linked to alterations of flow in the perivascular spaces that surround cerebral blood vessels and transport water-like fluids around brain tissue.

What this means is that many serious neurological conditions result when fluid flow in the skull is altered – when the brain can’t do its normal job of sweeping out waste products.

The “fluid flush” that keeps the brain healthy depends on a subtle balance of forces.

There isn’t a strong driving force (like the beating of the heart) behind it. Instead, brain fluids recycle themselves mainly by passive diffusion. Even a subtle imbalance in intracranial pressure can have an outsize effect on fluid flow and thus accelerate cognitive decline, and impair recovery from stroke or another brain injury.

That’s where craniosacral therapy comes into play.

I’m convinced that expandability of the cranial sutures (the semi-rigid joints between the bones of the skull) plays an important role in regulating intracranial pressure. And that when connective tissue restrictions affect these sutures, problems can result. Craniosacral therapy alleviates these types of restrictions.

I confess that the brain researchers who are forging new ground exploring these vital brain housekeeping functions don’t delve into the situation quite like I would wish. And maybe the science of the future will relegate my model of craniosacral therapy to a fringe footnote.

But I predict the opposite. I predict that the pliability of the cranial sutures, although slight, will prove to play a significant role in determining the effectiveness of the intracranial circulatory system, and thus have an impact on brain health.

I have numerous patients for whom craniosacral therapy is the main focus of our sessions together. They enjoy the feeling of deep relaxation and brain integration that they experience after a session. And I believe they’re building the long term health of the brain too.

Dr. Lavine has been an innovator in the use of movement and touch to promote health since 1981. He practices in New York City and Princeton, NJ.

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