CranioSacral Therapy for Children with Autism

Autism is a life-long neuro-developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with people. Of the many therapies that exist, Craniosacral therapy is considered to be one of the most effective for treating autism. CranioSacral therapy comes under the category of complementary medicine therapies and proved to treat autism by relieving stress of the central nervous system. However this therapy must be administered by experienced professionals like occupational therapists.

CranioSacral Therapy for Autism

How CranioSacral Therapy Helps in Autism?

A trained craniosacral therapy provider , usualy an occupational therapist, will involve in meticulous skeletal and muscular massage which is aimed to release emotional, communicative and physical blockages associated with this spectrum disorder. The gentle pressure applied regulates and balances the cerebrospinal fluid throughout the body. It also reduces the inflammation of the membranes and the tissues surrounding the brain and the spine. By applying the light touch the therapist removes any restrictions in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This creates a calming effect and alleviates the symptoms that accompany this disorder. In short craniosacral therapy works by enhancing the body’s natural flow and healing ability.

How long the treatment should be done?

The craniosacral therapy that aims at achieving central nervous system harmony is undertaken once in a week. Generally craniosacral therapy for autism is recommended on a long term basis. This relaxing treatment usually lasts anywhere between fifteen minutes to an hour and is generally done without removing the clothing. The duration of the massage is usually decided by the patient’s ability to tolerate the sensory stimulation. Using a touch no heavier than the weight of nickel the massage therapist pinpoints the source of obstruction or stress and gently massages along the spinal column and the skull. Craniosacral therapy is a relatively new intervention but shows promising results.

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Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy in Alleviating Symptoms Related to Autism:

  1. CranioSacral therapy is based on the concept that the body is self-healing in nature. Yes, it encourages the body’s natural healing process. This non-invasive technique that releases restrictions around the brain and the spinal cord allows your body to heal on its own. There are absolutely no side effects associated with this form of treatment.
  2. No force, pressure or poking is done. The gentle touch which enhances deep relaxation boosts self-healing. It assures a subtle and profound relaxation so much so that one may even drift off to a deep slumber. This technique ensures an increased sense of relaxation.
  3. This treatment can aid physical vitality and improve the body’s ability to self-repair. Hence the increased sense of well-being strengthens and improves the immune system of the body.
  4. Sometimes the benefits are not immediately noticeable but one can feel the improvement in symptoms.
  5. Change in the behavioral patterns can lead to good improvement in the interpersonal relationships.
  6. The light touch implemented in this therapy assures that it is one of the safest therapeutic forms. However the key to treating autism depends upon early evaluation.
  7. A child with autism after craniosacral therapy has appeared more relaxed, better to make eye contact, is more verbal, shows improved behavior, better impulse control and concentration, able to demonstrate affection and exhibits improved socialization.

Facts about autism:

  1. Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S with the prevalence figures shooting every year.
  2. Boys are more susceptible than girls to this disorder. It affects one in eighty eight children and one in fifty four boys.
  3. Various researches evidence that autism is deep rooted in the very early stage of brain development itself and in most cases the cause is still unidentified.


CranioSacral therapy is proved to be one of the most helpful alternative health care treatments to support and help kids diagnosed with autism disorder. This therapy in fact instills hope in the minds of kids and parents living with this condition.

Harmony Pediatric Therapy is the leading center for CranioSacral Therapy for Autism in New Jersey. To know more about how CranioSacral Therapy can benefit your child, give us a call today:
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