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  • Niyati Nath

Craniosacral Therapy helps children who have Learning Disorders like ADHD and Dyslexia

Updated: Jul 3


  • Children who suffer from ADD or ADHD struggle with impulse control, focus issues and social anxiety on a daily basis. Their brains catalogue and process information very rapidly. Craniosacral therapy calms the central nervous system and slows things down. This builds capacity for the child. Craniosacral therapy eases anxiety and by improving vagal tone, creates a sense of safety for the child.

  • This contributes to better concentration, slower processing speeds and reduced overwhelm in the system, which makes for easier and faster learning.

  • Craniosacral therapy works directly with the CNS to improve neural function and connectivity.

  • It is a balancing therapy that supports homeostasis within the system, which helps to stabilise neurotransmitter levels, where there is an imbalance, as is often the case for children who suffer from ADHD. CranioSacral therapy can balance serotonin and dopamine levels and reduce cortisol levels.

  • CranioSacral therapy helps to reduce the sympathetic overwhelm that people who suffer from ADHD experience. It balances the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system and the sympathetic nervous system.

  • At a musculoskeletal level, CranioSacral therapy can release patterns of strain and compression within the cranium, including at the atlas-occiput junction of the cervical spine, and within the dural membranes such as the tentorium cerebelli and the falx cerebri.


  • Children who have dyslexia and dysgraphia can have quick sharp minds, but they often have difficulty demonstrating what they know. For children with dysgraphia, craniosacral therapy can reduce tension and rigidity in the arms and hands, which makes the process of writing easier.

  • Dyslexic children have difficulty processing visual and auditory information. Craniosacral therapy can reduce strain patterns in the fascia around the eyes and ears.

  • It supports the optimal functioning of the central nervous system and helps the areas of the brain that process language function better.

  • In many cases, the right temporal bone is found to be restricted and Craniosacral therapy facilitates a smooth, painless and safe release – improvements in reading skills of a dyslexic child have been reported pursuant to this release.

  • Children with dyslexia demonstrate improvement in reading, spelling, speech and coordination after receiving Craniosacral therapy.

  • Since it calms the central nervous system, it helps reduce the anxiety that these children experience about being different, which enhances their capacity and performance.


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