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Craniosacral Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Many alternative therapies are now being used to treat autism. Craniosacral therapy is one such alternative that can help people with autism traits by relieving stress on the CNS (Central Nervous System). By using touch, therapists unblock the trapped cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the nervous system.

Craniosacral Therapy: Like already mentioned, this therapy is an alternative which can be followed on its own or in conjunction with other complementary therapies.

  • Only trained therapists are to administer this treatment. Hence, it is first necessary to find an osteopath, a chiropractor or a physical therapist. These trained therapists with the use of touch, balance the CSF within the body thus, creating a calming effect on the autistic.
  • The calming effect helps alleviate any aggressive or destructive traits that most autistics display. People who suffer from Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD) and Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) can also be treated with the use of this therapy.
  • Though this therapy does not promise a complete cure of autism, most parents have agreed that their children are more calm and do not deter away from maintaining eye contact any more.
  • Many therapists also believe that communication skills, social skills, immunity levels and concentration levels can also be increased in autistic children with this therapy.

Conjunctional Complementary Treatments: Let us look at some treatment techniques and foods that can be combined with craniosacral treatment.

  • Firstly, it is important to eliminate gluten, yeast and dairy from the child’s diet. These foods can create allergies or increase the content of heavy metals (like Mercury) in the body which are considered to be responsible for autism spectrum disorders. Diet modifications in conjunction with the therapy can improve immunity and the overall health of the child.
  • While putting the child to sleep, massage him/her for at least 15 minutes. Massage not only ensures the child a good sleep but also, improves concentration levels, social skills and reduces behavioural issues.
  • Music therapy is also a very useful option. It improves the overall speech of an autistic child and improves his/her social communication and involvement in groups.
  • Physical therapy can help improve motor skills and posture of the child. It is important to seek the advice of a therapist before asking the child to exercise.

Craniosacral therapy can be very useful in helping create a balance of an autistic child’s brain which would further improve the overall social and physical skills of the child.

1 response to Craniosacral Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders

  1. As a Speech Pathologist trained in Craniosacral Therapy, I am concerned with some of the information contained in this article and therefore would not be comfortable sharing it with others.. First of all, there are other highly trained professionals including Speech Pathologists and massage therapists who can provide CST. Additionally, I would take exception with the use of the word cure when talking about any treatment. CST can improve functioning in many ways. I certainly agree on the calming effects it can have. However, to use the word “cure” is misleading to the public, especially desparate parents looking for the answers!

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