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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Craniosacral Therapy

The efficacy of craniosacral therapy is perhaps a bit controversial, but it has been found to be effective in the treatment of children with reactive attachment disorder, as well as a wide range of other medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system, comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Properly done, craniosacral therapy is so gentle that it is suitable for infants and children

Using a soft, gentle touch about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system resulting in an improvement of the central nervous system. I won?t go into the history or physiological arguments for or against the therapy here, but you can read more about it on the sites listed below, if you?d like.

CST is a technique that you can learn to do at home, but you should learn it from someone who is qualified to teach you the hands-on technique, such as your child?s attachment therapist. While it has been argued that craniosacral therapy is based on false science, it is becoming more widely accepted, and done properly the technique will do no harm.

Personal experience is that the technique appears to calm my nephew, who suffers from reactive attachment disorder, serves as an opportunity for physical closeness, and may provide an avenue for attachment.

If it does nothing more than provide an excuse for my nephew to be close to someone, in a calm and quiet environment, it will have served a useful function in attachment therapy.

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Last Modified on: Saturday, August 08, 2009



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