Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy
One of the things about moving into a new clinic space is the need to make new everything-that-had-the-old-address. For example my business cards, which Lorianne masterfully drafted last week, and they have arrived off the presses. There’s a new item on these ones: Craniosacral therapy, for which I was trained through the Upledger Institute. It’s something I practice with my patients sometimes, but I’ve never put it on my business cards.
Craniosacral Therapy and Acupuncture Combined
In my practice, I have found the combination of Craniosacral therapy and Acupuncture to be quite effective. Despite the elegance of Acupuncture on its own, I find adding the element of touch to be helpful in certain situations.
If I was in an elevator, and someone asked me to explain craniosacral therapy, I would say something like the following:
The treatment is based on the movement of Cerebrospinal fluid as it is produced and reabsorbed. When the fluid is produced in the fourth ventricle, and reabsorbed in specialized cells in the dura of your spinal cord, it creates a pulse that can be felt anywhere on the body. A skilled practitioner can use this pulse to treat restrictions in the fascia. And since ever part of you is connected to every other part of you by fascia (think fisherman’s net), restrictions in one area can lead to symptoms just about anywhere else.
I wonder why the two modalities work so well together; somehow the whole ends up greater than the sum of its parts. I don’t know the answer, but I have a strong working theory: Because acupuncture engages the parasympathetic nervous system, your body goes into a very relaxed state as soon as the needles go in, and from this heightened place of stillness, the fascial system is more malleable, and thus more suggestible to subtle changes. Basically it puts your body into a healing state where real, deep change can occur.
Book Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy in Vancouver, BC
If this sounds like something you’d like to try, call and book a free 15 minute consultation. I’m always available for a chat.
About Bronwyn Melville - Doctor of Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, BC
Bronwyn Melville is a registered practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She attended the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, graduating from the program in 2002.
Her clinical experience includes working with pregnancy-related conditions such as nausea, fatigue, eczema, high blood pressure, cervical ripening and the usual aches and pains of pregnancy. Also orthopedic medicine, addictions, injuries, HIV, and mental illness.