Sensory Integration and CranioSacral Therapy

Sensory Integration (SI) is something most of us do automatically and without thought. In fact, it occurs so automatically that most of us take it for granted. We take in sensory input from our external environment through our senses of touch, sound, sight, smell, taste and movement.

CranioSacral Therapy can be a highly favorable adjunctive therapy to pair with Sensory Integration Therapy. CranioSacral Therapy can benefit a child with SI because it works directly on the nervous system.

CranioSacral Therapy is a non-invasive technique that facilitates the body’s own healing process. Used in conjunction with Sensory Integration Therapy or alone, CranioSacral Therapy can lay the groundwork for improved neurological functioning, processing and integration of sensory information.

What is Sensory Integration Dysfunction?

Sensory Integrative Dysfunction is a complex neurological disorder that occurs when the brain is unable to correctly process information that comes in through the senses. Sensory integration is the critical brain function responsible for producing a composite picture of who we are, where we are, and what is happening around us.

Some of the signs that a child may have Sensory Integration Dysfunction include:

  • Oversensitivity to or avoidance of touch, sound, movement, smell, tastes and sights
  • Conversely, under-reactivity to touch, sound, movement, smell, tastes and sights
  • Challenges with coordination, especially both sides of the body
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Speech and language difficulties, learning challenges
  • Difficulty with transitions or changes in routine
  • Impulsivity or distractibility
  • Clumsiness or visual problems
  • Behavioral problems including both social and emotional issues
  • Extreme activity level (hyperactive or very sedentary)
  • Delays in motor skills early on or at a later date
  • Problems sequencing
  • Problems with self-care and play skills

 

How CranioSacral Therapy can help:

More than 80% of the children who come to The Upledger Institute Clinic for treatment suffer from some sort of SI deficit. That’s why it is crucial that each child is assessed on an individual basis no matter what their diagnosis is.

Therapeutic strategies to treat Sensory Integration Dysfunction use approaches rich in vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile inputs – the very same areas where children with neurological issues have deficits.

That’s why CranioSacral Therapy can be a highly favorable therapy to pair with Sensory Integration Therapy. CranioSacral Therapy can benefit a child with SI because it works directly on the nervous system.

CranioSacral Therapy is a non-invasive technique that facilitates the body’s own healing process. Used in conjunction with Sensory Integration Therapy or alone, CranioSacral Therapy can lay the groundwork for improved neurological functioning, processing and integration of sensory information.

The Upledger Institute Clinic's Sensory Integration Room

The Upledger Institute Clinic features a specialized treatment room for Sensory Integration Therapy. The room, which uses “playtime” for a purpose, is equipped with toys and tools designed to develop the neurological skills necessary to perform everyday functions.

A rock-climbing wall works muscles and develops balance. A glider swing filled with balls gives tactile and vestibular input. A platform swing builds standing and balancing skills while promoting bilateral integration and motor planning. A tire swing positioned vertically on the floor helps kids learn how to balance on one foot, straddle, sit down and bounce. A basketball hoop brings in hand-eye coordination along with ocular control and bilateral integration of the brain. A zip line gives children proprioceptive and vestibular input as they push off.

The Upledger Institute’s Sensory Integration Room is staffed by therapists certified in Sensory Integration, Pediatric Occupational Therapy, and CranioSacral Therapy. This combination of skills can be difficult to find in therapists, and provides treatment options for children who are struggling to find help.

To learn more about how CranioSacral Therapy and Sensory Integration can benefit your child, contact us.

 
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