Dr. Jason Amstutz explains it best, “SomaTherapy is a clinician-based program designed to teach the fundamentals of normalizing fluid flow in all fascia/joints/dura mater. Space and flow are the 2 most basic principles fundamental to health, resilience and performance. SomaTherapy, at its core, teaches how to intelligently create space and flow in all systems.”
Soma therapy includes a gentle manual manipulation of the joints and fascia to bring fluid from the extracellular space into our cells, fascia, and joints to decrease inflammation and promote normalization of joints for the body to heal.
Fascia (includes our connective tissue, ligaments, adipose tissue, tendons, and even our blood) often gets tight and restricted due to injury, dehydration and overuse. Many believe that fascia needs to be rigorously manipulated to change. Rigorous manipulation results in trauma and injury causing scar tissue to form. In actuality, fascia needs water and gentle manipulation.
Fascia is made up of collagen, reticulin and elastin. Collagen moves water into your cells, reticulin forms scar tissue to repair our collagen tubules with injuries/trauma, and elastin provides fascia elasticity. Even though there is elastin in fascia, fascia does not stretch, fascia elongates and slides. When our collagen tubules slide, if we are hydrated, water osmotically flows into our collagen tubules. Water is an in-compressible fluid, allowing the space we create with soma therapy to be maintained (as long as we stay hydrated). The treatment results in normalization of the fascia, connective tissues, tendons, and ligament providing space for our joints to decompress, treating the root cause of our pain.
Craniosacral therapy is a holistic healing practice that uses very light touch to balance the craniosacral system in the body.
Just as the lungs breathe and the heart beats, the central nervous system has its own involuntary rhythmic motion found by AT Still, DO in the 1800s. He noted movement of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) around the brain, within the meninges. Because of the “blood brain barrier”, brain cells require circulation of the CSF so that all cells can receive nourishment and oxygen.
CranioSacral Therapy is a specialty training to work with the bones of the cranium, the fascial coverings (meninges), the fluids, and especially the central nervous system (the brain) to access the whole person, for both treatment of dysfunction and improvement of health. Sometimes called cranial osteopathy, it is an additional set of skills gained by licensed medical providers to better address the whole body.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from migraine headaches, back pain, chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
CranioSacral Therapy is not for everyone, like all forms of treatment. It can be used as stand alone treatment or may need to be used in conjunction with other healing modalities including soma therapy, chiropractic, osteopathic, acupuncture and/or allopathic medical treatments. Correction of posture, body mechanics, ELDOA, strength training, myofascial stretching and proprioception & awareness exercises will be imperative to long-term health and healing.