CranioSacral Therapy - Carolina Center for Functional Medicine

Reclaim Your Health Through CranioSacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch manual therapy that focuses on releasing tensions and imbalances within the body and correcting the flow of cerebral spinal fluid within the head and spinal column. This can soothe pain and release both emotional and physical stress and tension. CST is also thought to help restore cranial mobility and ease or release restrictions of the head, neck, and nerves. 

We at the Carolina Center for Functional Medicine know that this freedom of motion is especially important when it is concerning the deep tissues and fluid that surround, protect, and nourish the brain and spinal cord. Because of this, CST can have profound healing and regulating effects on the Central Nervous System. However, the benefits of CST are not limited to the head and spinal column. It can be used anywhere in the body to release tensions and imbalances, thereby normalizing function, and relieving pain. CST is extremely gentle, so individuals of all ages can benefit from it safely.

According to the CLEVELAND CLINIC, CST may help relieve:

  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Autism
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Trauma
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Chronic (long-term) neck and back pain
  • Dyslexia
  • Fascial pain
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
  • Learning disabilities
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Motor-coordination impairments
  • PTSD
  • Scoliosis
  • TMJ disorder

CST may also be part of your treatment for conditions like:

  • Trauma recovery
  • Whiplash
  • Mood disorders
  • Disturbed sleep cycles and insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS
  • Constipation
  • Difficult pregnancies
  • Frozen shoulder

Procedure and Technique

When you arrive for your appointment, your practitioner will ask you about your symptoms and any preexisting conditions that you have. 

You will remain fully clothed during the treatment, so wear comfortable clothing to you appointment. Your session will last 55 minutes, and you will begin by lying down on your back on the therapy table. The practitioner will evaluate you to determine where to begin. This may be at your head, feet, or near the middle of your body.

Using 5 grams of pressure (which is about the weight of a nickel), the provider will gently hold your feet, head, or sacrum to assess their subtle rhythms. If determined necessary, the provider may gently press or reposition you to normalize the flow of the cerebral spinal fluid or use tissue-release methods while supporting one of your limbs.

During the treatment, some people experience different sensations. These may include:

  • Feeling deep relaxation
  • Falling asleep
  • Recalling distant memories
  • Seeing colors
  • Sensing pulsations
  • Feeling of floating
  • Experiencing hot or cold sensations

How do I get started?

Getting started is easy. Just follow these steps.

Start Here

On our website's main menu, click on "Become A Patient'. Read and follow the instructions on that page.

My Appointments

After registering, go to 'My Appointments' in your Patient Portal and schedule for CranioSacral Therapy.


Once your appointment time has been accepted, you will receive a few short forms about your health to complete. These must be completed prior to your appointment.


If you aren't sure where to begin, schedule a free discovery call. On this call, you will be able to talk to a clinician and figure out what best serves your needs.

Take The First Step Today On Your

Perhaps you have questions you’d like to ask before you make a decision to become a patient. We are happy to answer any questions you have to determine if Carolina Center for Functional Medicine is right for you.

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