Osteopathic doctor providing CranioSacral therapy

CranioSacral Therapy

A gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

An expansion of Cranial Osteopathy – the discovery by Dr William Sutherland, an Osteopathic  Physician of the early 20th century, that by exerting pressure on different parts of the skull he could affect other parts of the body – CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a method developed by Dr. John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University. The goal of both is to return balance to the body in the least invasive way possible.

CranioSacral Therapy uses a very soft touch – generally no greater than 5 grams or about the weight of a nickel – to release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system.

By releasing restrictions, tensions and strain in the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord, your nervous system again functions properly allowing proper healing of a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.

As an Osteopathic  physician Dr. Childers was introduced to Cranial Osteopathy in medical school and has since expanded his knowledge of Cranial therapy  with advanced training in the Upledger method known as CranioSacral therapy.

I go to Hands on Health Care for all of my health and wellness needs.  Dr. Childers is an amazing Osteopath who keeps me put together despite numerous inflammatory health problems.  Whether it’s an adjustment, cranio sacral, medical acupuncture or bio puncture (yes I do it all), I can attest to the top quality of his medical care and his compassionate caring for his patients.  I love it that not only does he have medical training, he stays up on the latest natural therapies.  I enjoy my visits very much; I enjoy their sense of humor, their intelligent chats and spot on advice.

I also signed up to do nutritional guidance and lifestyle coaching with his brilliant wife Phyllis.  I have stably lost 10 pounds in two months.  I don’t have much to lose but metabolism got stuck and nothing was working. Finally it is coming off.  The bonus of adhering as best I can to her program is that my cholesterol is under 200 without medications!  I am ecstatic!  Phyllis has been great in helping me adjust to my new status of retired teacher.

I highly recommend Hands on Health Care for all of your health needs.  You won’t be disappointed.  Bravo!  ─Roni, age 62

Benefits of CranioSacral Treatments

CranioSacral Therapy, in its essence, involves gentle manipulations—exceedingly light touch—to test for and release restrictions in the soft tissues that envelop every organ, muscle and bone down to the individual cells. These restrictions are caused by trauma of any nature whether injury, physical or emotional trauma; they can be caused by chemical or biological inflammation. Everything the body experiences, is recorded in the tissue and may cause restrictions. These lead to dysfunction, poor healing, and/or disease.

This is especially important when you consider the two parts of your nervous system that need to remain in balance for healing to occur: the sympathetic (action and energy) and parasympathetic (rest and restore) nervous systems. The quality and regularity of your craniosacral rhythms contributes to the balance between these systems.

By bringing balance to the nervous system and organs, we enhance your body’s own healing abilities. The forces used are exceedingly light and although the focus is in and around the head and spinal column, the treatment may be applied anywhere on the body.

CranioSacral therapy can help...

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Several years ago I was in an auto accident which caused serious spinal injuries—resulting in horrible headaches and total body pain.

Someone advised that I see Dr. Edward Childers. Dr. Childers’ gentle hands providing craniosacral therapy began giving relief soon after I started. Continuing seeing him has helped to make me almost pain free.

There are many things I admire about Dr. Childers, among them is he never has the attitude that he “knows it all.” He continues to listen and to learn. Another thing to greatly admire is his interest in sharing his knowledge and skills with others who are learning—students who are becoming D.O.’s, therapists, and of course his patients.

Dr. Childers’ staff are super! His wife Phyllis RN who is amazing craniosacral therapist also, and of course Grace, Sarah, the whole team are kind and caring people.

Sincerely and with appreciation, Martha Van Houten