Meet Brendan. He is one of the autistic children we are showcasing on our radio show Awakening The Frequencies. The show is about 3 boys; 2 who are over 18 and Brendan who is 15 with families trying to find a permanent home for their children. See our page named “Awakening the Frequencies”.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is considered to be a result of biological and/or neurological disorders that affect the functioning of the brain. The focus of CST is to enhance the balanced motion of the membrane layers surrounding the brain, the fluid (blood and cerebrospinal fluid) moving into the cranium, out of the cranium and throughout the brain tissue; and the areas of the body that do not show normal response to the craniosacral rhythm. CST has been shown to help an autistic individual find greater ease both within themselves and in the world around them, by decreasing structural stress and strain on their central nervous system.
Children tend to have physical, mental, and emotional components. Restrictions can run from the cranial vault to the bottom of the feet. In most severe cases a child’s body is like an elastic pulled to the furthest extent before snapping.
When a child first comes in we place our hand on or near their sacrum. The child’s reaction will determine how affected the entire system may or may not be. Upon hand placement we tend to see a child arch their torso, neck and head. We compare this arch to an elastic band; from “slack to snap”. The further the band/arch stretches the more a child’s body is compromised. A child who is at “snap” has incorporated his legs in the arch.
We begin by setting the pelvis. Like constructing a home, the foundation must be level before you can build upon it. Upon setting the foundation we will now address the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine (large intestine, abdomen, leg, ankles, feet, muscles of the lower back, sex organs, bladder, knees) tends to be compressed and restricted which could result in constipation, diarrhea, bladder problems, bed wetting, lumbago, urination, circulation to legs and feet. With decompression and supplementation we see an improvement in gait and bowel functions.
Many children have waste removal issues and we believe that this is due to the colon atrophying or being restricted. In conjunction with visceral work and psyllium, we suggest using a supplement called cascara sagrada. When researched in depth, cascara sagrada teaches the colon to contract. Parents tend to see voluminous waste removal begin within the second or third day. Be careful as cascara sagrada should not be used for more than 10 days at a time and dosage should be monitored closely. In addition we add L. Planterum (only not to be mixed with other friendly bacteria) to plentify friendly bacteria.
The thoracic spine consists of many organs which under compression can result in gas pains, skin conditions, allergies, indigestion, heartburn, liver/gall bladder, poor circulation, congestion, bronchitis, asthma, cough, pain in lower arms and hands, etc. Decompression of these areas can change the way the body functions. Once decompression begins we may add supplements, homeopathic remedies, etc. , to address poor nutrition of an organ system, etc. What this means is when organs or systems become unrestricted they need a kick start. Consider your liver being squeezed, pushed and/or pulled; when this stops the organ takes time to recover. Feeding the organ correctly results in a faster recovery.
The most critical condition is the compression of the occipital/atlas juncture. This determines blood supply to the head and affects the pituitary gland, brain, sympathetic nervous system, and the ears. Typical compressions and restrictions in the cervical spine can result in headaches, insomnia, sinus problems, ear issues, acne, throat conditions, upper arm pain, chronic cough, and thyroid conditions.
Finally we address the cranial vault (skull) and brain. There are 22-26 bones in the skull, dependent upon age and resources that one looks at. Of these bones, we consider seven of these to be the major ones. These are the frontal, temporal(2), parietal(2), occipital, and sphenoid. These bones tend to show restrictive traits and need to be decompressed. The sphenoid bone is the largest internal bone. Also connected to the sphenoid is the maxilla and two small bones called the palentines’ which sit in the mouth. Believe it or not these two small bones can have marked impact on the mouth structure and the gateway to the throat. It is our ultimate goal to make sure the sphenoid and palentine bones are not restricted.
Bone placement is critical to how the brain sits in the skull. If any bone, muscle, etc. is compressed or restricted this can place pressure upon the brain. The brain is a jello like substance and when pressure is placed on pliable matter it can change the shape thus putting pressure partially and/or on the entire organ. Dependent on where the pressure is located, can have a direct reflection on brain functions.
We are diligently working on speech. Language resides mainly in the brain’s left hemisphere, where linked centers in the prefrontal cortex and temporal lobe play vital roles in our ability to produce and comprehend speech and the written word. The neurons in a region called Broca’s area manage muscle movements required to form speech sounds with the throat, tongue and lips. The other area known as Wernicke is responsible for language comprehension, assigning meaning to spoken words, and integrating the spoken words of others into the listeners’ thoughts. This area encompasses parts of the left temporal and parietal lobes. These areas tend to be restricted and require decompression.
We combine multiple therapies and modalities to aid in the decompression of a child’s body and mind. A fundamental requirement of the human body is water. Autistic children tend not to drink water; rather they drink diluted juices, sodas, etc. The one thing you can do for your child is to introduce drinking water daily. This will aid in eliminating physical restrictions and processing supplements, food, etc.