Jennifer McIsaac, H.H.P., C.M.T.

5252 Balboa Ave., Suite 706
San Diego, CA  92117
(619) 889-9912


What is CranioSacral Therapy?
While there are many levels to CranioSacral Therapy, the most basic deals with the physical structures that surround the brain and spinal cord.  Restrictions in these membrane structures, or meninges, can create tension lines deep in the body, forcing other structure to compensate around them.  In addition to providing protection and structural support to the central nervous system, the meninges also create space to allow for the free flow of cerebral spinal fluid, which bathes, nourishes and protects the brain and spinal cord. 
CranioSacral Therapy focuses on releasing these restrictions, reducing stress and strain on the central nervous system, facilitating homeostasis, and providing the body with the opportunity and tools to self-correct.  although on occasion more pressure may be necessary, we are generally using no more than 5 grams (weight of a nickel) of force to achieve dramatic results.  This makes it an ideal treatment for individuals with tactile sensitivity and children.
How Was it Developed?
CranioSacral Therapy was developed by osteopathic physician John Upledger following extensive studies from 1975-1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and professor of Biomechanics. 
What is the Significance of Cerebrospinal Fluid?
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear fluid, produced by the brain and is found in the ventricular system of the brain as well as the subarachnoid space of the meninges.  It protects the brain and spinal cord by acting as a mechanical barrier, resisting blunt force trauma, it also circulates antibodies and chelating agents, delivers nutrients to the cells of the brain and removes metabolic wastes.  There is also some evidence that it may play a role in neurotransmitter and hormone delivery.
CranioSacral Therapy for Infants
Many women experience problems with breast feeding.  In many cases the problems can be resolved by seeking assistance from a qualified lactation consultant.  In some instances, however, the problems can stem from tension in the newborn's jaw, neck or tongue.  This can create problem forming and holding their latch.    This can force the newborn to bite down, using their jaw muscles to compensate.  This can be painful for mom, and frustrating for the baby.  Efficient nursing requires a great deal of coordination in the muscle groups.  If one link in the chain is weak, the whole system can break down.
While it is normal for there to be a bit of a learning curve when it comes to breastfeeding, if you notice your child is constantly arching his or her back, or turning their head to one side, or having more problems nursing on one breast than the other, it may be a sign that they need a little bit of assistance.
What Other Conditions May Be Benefitted by CranioSacral Therapy?
Because CranioSacral Therapy brings the body into such a deep state of relaxation, many conditions can be benefitted by this type of therapy.  Here are a few:
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Whiplash Associated Disorders
  • Migraines and Cluster Headaches
  • Torticollis
  • Post surgical dysfunctions
  • Herniated Disks
  • Degenerative Disk Disease
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Stress and Tension Related Problems
  • Anxiety
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Immune System Dysfunction
  • Post Lumbar Puncture and Epidural Pain
  • SI joint Dysfunctions
  • Sciatica and other Neuropathies


CranioSacral Therapy, Structural Integration, and Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy