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Manual Therapy Definitions

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on treatment used to find and release restrictions of the craniosacral system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and cerebrospinal fluid within the dural membrane. Through craniosacral therapy, therapists monitor the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid and encourage the body to heal.

Cerebrospinal Fluid is the fluid that flows through the spinal column and carries nutrients throughout the spine.  It is contained within the membrane (called dura)that surrounds the spinal cord. 

Myofascial Release involves releasing restrictions from the fascia and restoring internal balance to the body.

Fascia is a connective web of tissue that exists throughout the entire body.  It provides stability and flexibility and helps the body retain its shape.  When injuries or illness occur, this tissue can become tight and restrict the body's natural function. 

Mobilization Slow, sustained movements performed by a therapist to decrease pain or increase mobility. It also describes the movement of the cranial bones and/or soft tissues by a therapist during craniosacral therapy or myofascial release. 

Manual Traction Separation of joint surfaces by a therapist to stimulate nutrition to fluid around joints and encourage the extension of the surrounding tissues.

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