Cranial Therapy

What is Cranial Therapy?


Cranial Therapy is becoming a treatment of choice in areas of pain, rehabilitation and neurology.  Cranial Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive hands-on technique developed by Dr. Sutherland, American osteopathic physician, in 1899.

Therapists are trained to detect disturbances in the cranial-sacral rhythm to identify areas of dysfunction

Cranial Therapy at MoveWell:

Our Athletic Therapist at MoveWell continued her training at Southern College of Osteopathy in Cranial Therapy level 1 and 2 where she learned to gently work with the whole body including the spine and the skull, and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. By using only her hands, she able to detect disturbances within the cranial sacral rhythm to help identify areas of dysfunction and then implement very gentle hands-on techniques to restore cranial mobility and decrease restrictions.

How Cranial Therapy Works:

The Cranial theory and practice is based on understanding the subtle movements of the cranial bones, which result in a rhythm, which is understood as a response to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure changes and movement within the spinal cord and brain. This occurs between 6 to 12 times a minute!

  • Helps restore normal cranial bone articular mobility and alignment to their proper positions 

  • Releases myofascial restrictions and tensions in the body and head

  • Eases restrictions of nerves to normalize function

  • Optimizes cerebrospinal fluid movement through the central nervous system


Who Will Benefit From Cranial Therapy?

  • Recurrent ear infections

  • Facial asymmetries and eye motor problems

  • Learning disabilities, A.D.D., A.D.H.D

  • Gross and fine motor problems

  • Developmental delays

  • Sinusitis

  • Eye movement dysfunctions

  • Mental health (Anxiety/depression)

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • Concussion, and post concussion symptoms

  • Cranial nerve injuries

  • Tinnitus, hearing loss and vertigo

  • Jaw pain

  • SI joint pain

  • Strokes

  • Stress disorders and insomnia

  • Muscle and joint pain or injury