Natural Balance Therapy has a team of therapists that has been providing therapeutic treatments to residents, in all stages of life, in southeast Wisconsin for the past ten years, helping them return to a pain-free, active lifestyle. We seek to help people understand their bodies and what is causing their pain and discomfort, as well as teach them what they can do to help themselves heal. Natural Balance Therapy is known for giving people in chronic pain hope and long-lasting results.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a very effective treatment method where the practitioner will manually apply a subtle movement to the spine and cranial bones in an attempt to bring the central nervous system into harmony. This therapy involves assessing and addressing the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid, which can be restricted by trauma to the body, such as falls, accidents, general nervous tension, and disease states.
By gently working with the spine, the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia, the restrictions of nerve passages are eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord can be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position.
CranioSacral Therapy was pioneered by the late John Upledger D.O., who worked with many children with ADD/ADHD. Dr. Upledger reports that, "In our experience, about 60% of ADD children have craniosacral system dysfunction as a predominantly contributing factor. When therapy is successful, the results are most often dramatically positive. For instance, it is very common for the hyperactive child to relax and fall asleep on the treatment table after the correction is made."
The forecast is showing some cooler temperatures, football is back (Go Packers!), and the kids are back to school. Autumn is beginning to move into southeastern Wisconsin. If you visit the farmers' markets, the change in season is obvious with the changing crops: corn has given way to squash. And apples: there are many varieties, some great for eating out-of-hand, others suited for pies or sauces. But they're all a healthy addition to your diet.
Many of us have been told by our doctor, chiropractor, or therapist that we have a short leg or leg length discrepancy (LLD). Or maybe you have noticed that your shoes wear unevenly or that your pant legs feel different.
Many people have a leg length discrepancy, which can cause back, neck, knee and hip pain as well as other problems throughout the rest of the body. The good news is that 90 to 97% of LLD’s are "apparent" or "functional" due to misalignments in the hips and pelvis and/or muscle imbalances (most frequently in the psoas, the strongest hip flexor). Manual therapy, including myofascial release (MFR), can be very beneficial for treating the muscle imbalances that produce this sort of leg length discrepancy.
Take a look at the image below (the figure on the left) and see how a slight LLD can affect the alignment of the whole body compared to the figure on the right.