Cranialsacral fascial (pronounced fash-al) therapy, also known as CFT, is a modality of bodywork that helps release fascial tension. Fascial tension can be caused from birth, injuries, poor positioning, or oral restrictions. The list is really endless!
What is fascia? From hopkinsmedicine.org, fascia is a 3 layer connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber and muscle in place. The tissue does more than provide internal structure; fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin. When stressed, it tightens up. It is very dense around the brain and spinal column
CFT is an incredibly gentle practice. I use the cranialsacral system to help guide me toward fascial tension and then work with my hands to allow the body the space to release the tension. Sometimes you can see the tension and strain in the body, other times you can not.
What does this have to do with our clients? Most babies with oral restrictions also have fascial tension. By releasing the fascial tension we help free up some of the muscles of the mouth in order to provide the space for the muscles to work better. CFT is often paired with oral exercises, chiropractic adjustments, occupational therapy, and/or cranialsacral therapy. A great addition to a treatment plan, CFT is a crucial piece to address when oral restrictions are suspected.