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Craniosacral Fascial Therapy ( CFT)
Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT) was developed by Dr. Barry Gillespie. He discovered that cerebrospinal fluid flows out the central nervous system and into the collagen tubules within the fascia system. He devised the theory that the Craniosacral and Fascial systems are one interconnected system. CFT blends Cranial Sacral Therapy and Myofascial release with dental techniques. CFT is a gentle patient guided therapy based on the osteopathic principle that the body knows best how to heal itself. CFT gently unwinds and releases fascial strains for optimal mobility, better brain function and optimal development of the airway and face. It facilitates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid to nourish and detoxify the brain. CFT can resolve tightening of the fascial web from:
Positional strain in utero Birth trauma
Concussions, accidents, falls Surgeries
Orthodontist procedures including palatal expansions
The Therapeutic goal of CFT is to mitigate the effects of these traumas that may have restricted the craniosacral fascial system and cause issues later in life. In infants CFT helps regulate the autonomic nervous system to support nursing, feeding, posture and the development of mature movement patterns.
CFT in conjunction with Orofacial Myofunctional therapy can help children and adults achieve optimal function within the Cranial Fascialrespiratory complex. It supports our patients through traditional and progressive airway expansion.
CFT has been an invaluable tool for assisting our patients pre and post frenectomy. Prior to a frenectomy it helps by bringing the fascia forward to ensure a better revision. Following revision it helps reduce scar tissue and supports healing and ability to regain maximum function and lingual range of motion.
CFT can help with many conditions including:
● Tethered Oral Tissues
● Restricted range of motion
● Latch issues
● Sleep issues
● Head asymmetry
● GI issues / Colic
● Restricted cervical range of motion
● Temperomandibular Joint Disorders- relieveing compression in the joints
● Neck pain
● Sinus and breathing issues
● Cranial Nerve Issues impacting speech, swallowing, voice, control of fascial muscles.