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CranioSacral (SM) Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a massage form that targets the skull and spine.

Is CranioSacral Therapy effective on children (age 7) whom need to focus more in school ?

Alicia Bunting (Phoenix, AZ) on Sep 28, 2012
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Yes, children respond very nicely to energy work. Sometimes it takes longer for a child to become comfortable with the treatment, but I have successfully worked with children in the past. In fact, you can start craniosacral therapy at birth to help skull go back to its normal shape. I have seen craniosacral treatments help with a wide range of issues.
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Sep 29, 2012
Absolutely!
Laura Kitchens (Saint Cloud, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
CS therapy is always good, w/ no worries. Lympatic drainage is great but bp as well as a few other possible containdiations need to be addressed.CDR is something i would consider for headaches as well as knee surgery relief. MRT is great for fibro as well as frontal occiptal decompression, and CDR.
Heather Park (Sandy, UT) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes! I have a 14 year old son, who really likes and responds well to the 30 minutes of treatment I give to him. He seems happier, and often requests me to work on him especially when he feels drained from school, or just needs to relax before he works on homeowork.
Tony Adomaitis (Leominster, MA) on Oct 1, 2012
In a word, yes. Please do a search for "effectiveness of CST on children with disabilities". A white paper is there from The Upledger Inst. We also look at your child's diet and food additive intake. I will say here, that I have treated kids with great results, especially when one or both parents were treated as well. Stress decreases in the family, and improved personal performance is observed. I also ask if you have spoken with their teacher about the types of behaviors displayed in class. Lastly, I teach you some cranial techniques that you will do with your child regularly, they love it and repetition outside the clinic can be invaluable.
Trina Elson (Stuart, FL) on Sep 30, 2012
CranioSacral Therapy is a light touch therapy effective in supporting the central nervous system so that a child’s body can self-correct and heal naturally. It can help a child overcome congenital and acquired health challenges and prevent new ones from occurring. It has been found to be quite beneficial for children with A.D.D. and A.D.H.D., autism spectrum disorders, and Sensory Processing Disorders. This gentle, non-invasive therapeutic technique helps release restrictions throughout the body and central nervous system thereby having an impact on sensory, motor and neurological challenges.
Mario Messina-Azekri (Portland, OR) on Sep 30, 2012
Craniosacral will definitely help a child focus as well as imagery and meditation techniques to accompany the treatment.
Sue-Brown Henry (Georgetown, DE) on Sep 29, 2012
CranioSacral Therapy definitely is great for so many reasons. I worked on a preteen that had a huge attention deficient. He was so relaxed afterwards. I've also worked on adults that get very frustrated and impatient. They were so relaxed afterwards. Keep in mind, it may take a few treatments before it works permanently.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Sep 29, 2012
CST is very effective on children. It will help them become more balanced and relaxed which may in turn improve focusing ability.
Sandy Rabolli (Coral Springs, FL) on Sep 29, 2012
yes, definitely as it allows the fluid to balance and flow. I have 5 grown children who received it through out life and did fantastic. An enviromental scientist, an Osteo path, a marine biologist, an astronaut and a soon to be civil engineer
Brian Skow (Scottsdale, AZ) on Sep 29, 2012
I'm not sure about CranioSacral Therapy, but I've successfully children suffering ADHD with a combination of Shiatsu, meridian stretches, meditation and lifestyle changes.
Danica Carlson (Berkeley, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
While CranioSacral could be a deeply effective tool to promote the level of relaxation needed for classroom concentration it may not be the best tool. For best application the client should be willing to receive the work and able to go through the session. As you may know there is not a lot of physical stimulation in this type of massage which means we have the be patient when receiving it, especially if we have trouble relaxing in the first place. While the work brings on a state of deep relaxation one does have to be open for it. So, if you believe your child would be open to the energy and have the patience to receive it then I believe the work would be very effective. To your wishes, Danica
Kathleen Drebick (Woodbury, NJ) on Oct 2, 2012
I will have to look into the CranioSacral Therapy for children and focus. What I DO Highly recommend is "Brain Gym" and/or Eden Energy Exercises!!... These both work at connecting both lobes of the brain so that communication and focus are woven together!! ... CranioSacral Therapy would involve a holding of the cranium etal. to naturally realign the spine, etc.. Additionally, while CranioSacral is a Bodywork Modality, the "Brain Gym" incorporates "Fun Exercises" so the child isn't even realizing he/she is receiving therapy. AND! The Eden Energy Exercises and Techniques do the same and also work with the Meridian System, helping the child's "electrical system" to evolve with the World today!!
Tony Damian (Altamonte Springs, FL) on Sep 29, 2012
Yes, CST is effective on children (age 7) with the need to focus more in school. CranioSacral Therapy C.S.T. has been successfully used since the mid 1970's in the treatment of ADD and ADHD. by releasing restrictions on brain and spinal cord functions. John Upledger's clinical experiences suggest that structural restrictions in the body, especially in the bones and membrane layers surrounding the brain and spinal cord, may be the primary factor in a significant number of such cases. These restrictions can interfere with the normal movement of fluids and vital nutrients into and out of the brain, which enable it to function properly. In a gentle manner, CranioSacral Therapy can help release restrictions to naturally enhance brain function, decrease levels of ADD and ADHD, and in many cases, alleviate the disorders altogether. Fluid Movement Is Essential to Optimal Brain Function However, there are certain contrindications that must be taken into consideration working with children under the age of 9. CV4 - Compression of Ventricle Four Technique by Sutherland is contraindicated for children under the age of 9. This technique is key to most every protocol used. Other contraindications would be: Clients at risk of stroke, Very elevated Blood Pressure and brian tumors. ALTHOUGH: The technique taught by Scott Coleman, LMT executes a CV4 without any compression. This method has been proven effective for over 20 yrs. but not widely known.
Tony Damian (Altamonte Springs, FL) on Sep 29, 2012
Yes, CST is effective on children (age 7) with the need to focus more in school. CranioSacral Therapy C.S.T. has been successfully used since the mid 1970's in the treatment of ADD and ADHD. by releasing restrictions on brain and spinal cord functions. John Upledger's clinical experiences suggest that structural restrictions in the body, especially in the bones and membrane layers surrounding the brain and spinal cord, may be the primary factor in a significant number of such cases. These restrictions can interfere with the normal movement of fluids and vital nutrients into and out of the brain, which enable it to function properly. In a gentle manner, CranioSacral Therapy can help release restrictions to naturally enhance brain function, decrease levels of ADD and ADHD, and in many cases, alleviate the disorders altogether. Fluid Movement Is Essential to Optimal Brain Function However, there are certain contrindications that must be taken into consideration working with children under the age of 9. CV4 - Compression of Ventricle Four Technique by Sutherland is contraindicated for children under the age of 9. This technique is key to most every protocol used. Other contraindications would be: Clients at risk of stroke, Very elevated Blood Pressure and brian tumors. ALTHOUGH: The technique taught by Scott Coleman, LMT executes a CV4 without any compression. This method has been proven effective for over 20 yrs. but not widely known.
Nancy Web (Pawtucket, RI) on Sep 28, 2012
I have used craniosacral techniques on children as young as 4 with good results for autism and ADD/ADHD. If a child is having trouble focusing it is also advisable to try to search out the root cause. As a practitioner of eastern medicine, craniosacral therapy/Asian bodywork and life coaching, I try to approach any issue from different angles using a series of assessments tools. For example; food allergies often manifest as a lack of focus. Eliminate the problem food and issues shift. I had a 4 year that misbehaved and couldn't sit still after lunch each day. He was labeled ADHD. Most days he ate peanut butter and jelly for lunch. I did kinesiology / muscle testing and he tested positive for peanut butter. It was eliminated from his diet and he is now a perfectly well behaved and well focused child.
Gina Moore (Pleasanton, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
It is common for the frontal bone of the skull to be offset in children with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. CranioSacral Therapy can gradually reposition the bone with gentle, non-invasive movements. Sometimes as little as one treatment can resolve the ADD/ADHD symptoms, and other cases may require longer therapy, if the frontal bone is the cause. There is also a known correlation between the temporal bone being offset and Dyslexia present in children, which can also be resolved with CranioSacral Therapy.
Pamela Allen (Sacramento, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
most massage are great for children they need it to they have back pain from all those books they have to tag along.Children have stress to.
Carol Stuhmer (Miami, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
CST is effective for all ages. Studies and intensive programs (in the past) have been done with ADD & ADHD children. As with many conditions, more than one therapy may be beneficial used in combination with other treatment/changes in one's lifestyle. As with any treatment, make a commitment to working with your therapist and trust their recommendations regarding frequency of visits. Be aware, one treatment is not the beginning and end. There is no magic pill. It is a wholistic approach which may very well help your child. Of course, I am not a doctor. You may or if you have not it would probably be a good idea to explore additional aspects of this issue for your child with a physician. My preference is with a Doctor of Oriental Medicine however, many people go to a slew of "specialists" then end up on the door step of a DOM. Go figure. Anyway if you haven't, find out what else may be involved with what your child is experiencing. CST is a good step forward. All the best. If you would like more information or to find a therapist in your area, contact the Upledger Institute in Palm Beach Gardens, or check IAHP dot com to find a qualified therapist for CST. I can be reached a massagecas on gmail
Melissa Detorrice-Wynne (Phoenix, AZ) on Sep 28, 2012
In my opinion YES! Cranio allows the cranio fluid to open up and remove any or all hiccups that are present. It may be one of the only times that kids can calm their minds and have a quiet place with no chatter. I have worked with many children who are Autistic or have ADD. It is amazing to see how they relax and are able to sit still for a period of time. Their parents are also amazed as to how well their children have responded.
Bette Eastman (Plant City, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
The method has relieved hyperactivity. It may be very beneficial. The root of what is causing the lack of focus is what needs to be discovered. This may come to fruition through a craniosacral session. I suggest you seek out a John Upledger certified practitioner only.
Bette Eastman (Plant City, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
The method has relieved hyperactivity. It may be very beneficial. The root of what is causing the lack of focus is what needs to be discovered. This may come to fruition through a craniosacral session. I suggest you seek out a John Upledger certified practitioner only.
Halle Clarke (New York, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
CranioSacral Therapy has been shown to help children with ADD and ADHD. When researching a practioner make sure to find someone who has training in pediatric CranioSacral. The upledger Institute is a great organization to find out more about clinical studies that may relate to your child's needs. Best of luck!
Jesse Freeman (Mansfield, TX) on Oct 4, 2012
Yes that would definitely help. There is also specific Acupressure points on the head that specifically help with focus and ADD.
Jeff Hysong (Glendale, AZ) on Sep 28, 2012
Yes, craniosacral therapy is increasingly recommended for the treatment of ADD and anxiety in young children.
Brenda Wakefield (Irving, TX) on Sep 28, 2012
"Craniosacral therapy has been shown to be effective on children who display an inability to concentrate for reasonable periods of time. Keep in mind that there may be additional underlying causes. In any case, the treatment is innocuous; it can't hurt to try it and observe the results." Dr. John Upledger
Kate Peck (West Newton, MA) on Sep 28, 2012
Craniosacral therapy can be effective for children who need more focus in school. It is indicated for children with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, and discalcula, among other conditions. Increased tension of the membranes that surround the brain & spinal cord can have an effect on cognitive, physical & emotional abilities. And massage has none of the side effects that come with medications!
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Sep 28, 2012
i am going to refer you to go to another therapist that could maybe help you more then i can. his name is bryant cruz.he is also listed on zeel.com he is very knowledgable about more stuff then myself on some subjects.
Julie Deramo (Bellevue, WA) on Sep 28, 2012
For children under 8 years old you'll want a Pediatric CranioSacral Therapist. The training is more geared to the needs of children. Pediatric CranioSacral Therapy is effective for many childhood elements, including the ability to concentrate at school and home. One of the biggest benefits is it helps the body feel more balanced. With all the bumps children go through, and the leaps and bounds of just growing, CranioSacral Therapy helps to balance the body equally on both sides. A more balanced body is going to help a child pay more attention to what is in front of them, and less on the distractions of their body and mind.
Kennette Klees (Houston, TX) on Sep 28, 2012
Yes, with a physician's blessing.
Paula Harmon (Columbia, MO) on Sep 28, 2012
I don't think CranioSacral Therapy is going to "fix" the attention problem, no, but therapy couldn't hurt either. Depending on why he/she is having attention difficulties, massage therapy can be a great alternative resource to help him/her relax and for you as a parent to learn some techniques to calm as well.
Jon Stange (Santa Monica, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
Absolutely, Cranial Sacral work is a very effective, gentle form of osseous manipulation to restore the smooth flow of cerebral spinal fluid and primary respiration, which is a very small flexion and extension rhythm of the sacrum, spine and cranium. Look into the Upledger Institute for more information.
Joseph Parham (Naples, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
CST is very effective in helping kids with trouble paying attention. It helps them to slow down and take control of their thoughts.
Carissa Bracamonte (Reno, NV) on Sep 28, 2012
Any energy work is good for children. I have found that Reiki also helps children calm down and focus along with craniosacral. You can teach Reiki to children or parents so they are able to use it whenever the need arises.
Jasmine Pickett (District Heights, MD) on Sep 28, 2012
Craniosacral massage aims to restore balance to the craniosacral system, ( brain and spinal cord) It's believed that light touch and slight movements used in craniosacral help relieve pressure on the skull and spine. Relieving the pressure allows the fluid cushioning the brain to flow properly. Head and spine pressure can cause some brain functioning issues, like poor concentration. Some swear by craniosacral therapy, and some do not. But it can't hurt to try. Hope this helps, and good luck to you.
MaryAnn Sumaraga (Modesto, CA) on Oct 6, 2012
Absolutely, CranioSacral is a huge benefit for this. Including some aromatherapy is beneficial.
Peggy Richards (Scottsdale, AZ) on Sep 28, 2012
Yes, I think this treatment can help focus and calm your child. We often don't realize that the mind-body connection is all about helping a person connect to their mind through their body, and visa versa. Children love gentle touch. It makes them feel safer and helps them calm down and be present.
Herman Crespo (Miami, FL) on Dec 23, 2012
to be honest lack of focus have to do more with a chemical imbalance in the brain cause by lack of oxigen or too much floride in the cliens bady. if you want, you can google or youtube: fluoride water. what i would advice more of a energy therapy or acupunture, however you can try yoga, chigong, and meditation to increse his/her concentration and the oxigen level in their brain, i would recoment the light meditation. as for the fluoride, i would strongly recoment to buy a Reverse Osmosis water purifier. you can consider to add omega 3 oil on her / his diet too, but talk to your doctor first thank you for your question Herman Crespo LMT and Ayurveda Advisor
Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Dec 11, 2012
All kinds of claims are made for Craniosacral therapy, most of which are not based on any facts about how the body works, nor upon reliable studies of its effectiveness. It can be relaxing, that is all I can say with authority. Remember that many kids lack the ability to focus well at age 7. This is normal. Some sort of physical activity can help to use up his or her excess energy and make it easier to focus. I also wonder if meditation or yoga might help, if he or she is motivated to try it. All effective discipline comes from within oneself.
John Musco (Ithaca, NY) on Oct 31, 2012
Not being an expert on this modality and not knowing the specifics of your child's focus issue, I would say in cannot hurt that is for sure. I have taken 2 introduction day courses on Craniosacral therapy. It is a fascinating physiological body system. Founded in the 1930's , John Upledger expanded on it back in the 1970's. This system in our body consists of cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, extending from the bones of the skull down to the tailbone area (or sacrum). Certain and experienced practitioners can feel the rhythm of the fluid and pinpoint areas of blockage. Once the area is identified, the soft tissue can be manipulated to restore balance and homeostasis. See if you can feel the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid of your children. Have them lie down on their back. Cup your hands very so gently around the base of their scull. With extreme focus and awareness, see if you can feel the rhythm of the fluid. It will be extremely subtle. Good luck and stay well.
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Oct 29, 2012
Yes, CranioSacral is effective on all ages. Thank you. :)
Dionna John (Atlanta, GA) on Oct 21, 2012
I believe that is an awesome idea. However, I think you should address the child's diet first and foremost. What is your child eating or drinking which is negatively affecting their ability to focus? How about the child's regular television shows? Are they promoting the ability to use their own thought processing?
James Kennedy (, ) on Oct 20, 2012
I think cranial sacral is good for everyone on every level. But all children should be taught Transendental meditation. I have been doing it and it help to focus, no more Add, Ahd, bipolar, ect
Karen Orlosky (Lafayette, CO) on Oct 16, 2012
CranioSacral Therapy can have a profound effect on how children focus! There are many issues children have today that may be positively affected by CranioSacral Therapy.
Dmitriy Greenberg (Louisville, KY) on Oct 12, 2012
Yes! Come over today, and I will help your kid.
Hubert Holtzclaw (Dorchester Center, MA) on Sep 28, 2012
Cranialsacral Therapy addresses: stress/tenion disorders, infant/childhood disorders, chronic fatigue, learning disabilities, motor-coordination impairments, migraines/headaches to name a few. The brain and spinal cord greatly influence proper body function (central nervous system). The central nervous system is heavily influenced by the cranialsacral system, the membranes and fluid that protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.