Global IVF Series: CranioSacral Therapy?

What’s the deal with CranioSacral Therapy?

Regardless of where you live – London, China, Japan, The Czech Republic, Spain, Australia, Israel or the Ukraine being healthy, feeling healthy, looking healthy is what we strive for – right?

There’s just so much “stuff” out in the world, on the Internet, or on our television that is available to us to help us learn about our minds and bodies.

One of those things that I recently came across was something called cst.  When I first let the words tumble off my lips it made me laugh – “crane ee oh sack rahl” – and I was intrigued how it might help me, well “feel better”.

As I began to learn about CST I was fascinated with the mind-body connection CST has.  So imagine a very gentle hands-on touch that actually helps the patient release tension deep inside your body.  It helps relieve pain and improve your bodies overall health.

When I refer to soft touch I mean just that, nothing heavier than the weight of a nickel on your body.  The CST therapist or practitioner works to release what they deem as “restrictions” in the soft tissues that surround our central nervous system.  From what I am learning CST is now being used as a preventative health measure because it has an amazing ability to bolster resistance to disease as well as helping with all kinds of medical issues that are associated with pain or dysfunction within our bodies.


This got me to thinking about fertility issues and how CST might help encourage our bodies by regulating hormone levels, reducing stress levels (one of the big obstacles in fertility), reducing physical tension, and the literature points to information about helping regulate our pituitary glands.  As I read more I became more enthusiastic about this kind of therapy because CST is showing that it helps with the functioning of our reproductive organs by releasing restrictions in the connective tissues within our pelvic regions, like for instance scar tissue and other OBGYN issues.  It makes sense that the better blood flow to our uterus the increased chance for implantation – which is or goal!  And most importantly relaxation, improved mental balance and emotional acceptance of the ART process is another important benefit.

The coolest part about CST is that its ability of what professionals in their field refer to as “rebalancing our body’s own systems” which helps us carry a successful pregnancy as a result of IVF treatments. It’s shown that CST can help by helping the tissues of our uterus become open to receiving the embryo and aiding with implantation as well as reducing discomfort (bloating, pain) from all of those lovely drugs that we take as we undergo an IVF cycle.

And the guys aren’t left out either!  For you men with low sperm counts – we know this is often caused by hormonal imbalances or circulation problems in the pelvis – guess what?  Yes! CST can help with treatment to the pelvis region, abdomen and the hormonal areas of your body.

And you don’t even have to remove your clothes!

So let’s talk about pregnancy and CST – We mothers to be know first-hand that our bodies are no longer our own when we are pregnant.  We have a little being that’s taken over body and the changes we experience are dramatic to say the least.

We have learned over the years that touch is a very important part of who we are.   Studies show that touch is vital to a pregnant mother’s well-being in all areas – psychological, physical and spiritual.  In fact, we know for instance that those mothers who receive loving touch during pregnancy are better to provide loving touch to their newborns.

Craniosacral Therapy during Pregnancy can help:

  • Address back pain in pregnancy
  • Resolve foot pain
  • Treat sciatic or other nerve pain
  • Release pelvic, vaginal or groin pain
  • Improve pelvic floor strength and function
  • Establish optimal fetal positioning for birth (including breeches)
  • Promote recovery from tears and stitches
  • Facilitate recovery from Cesarean birth
  • Resolve post-epidural back pain
  • Restore pelvic stability
  • Assess and treat birth trauma
  • Address body image issues
  • Relieve cramping

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