Allison Woods

M.Ost Med, DO, ND, RCST

Healing Tides Craniosacral Therapy

I'm at Cloud 9 Health & Wellness
319b (upstairs) 4th St
Courtenay, BC V9N 1G8
Tel: 250-650-3679
I am often unable to answer the phone. Please email or text preferred.

Courtenay Clinic Days:

Mon: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Wed: 9am-Noon
Thur: 10am-8pm
Fri: 10am-8pm

I look forward to seeing you!

Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is estimated to affect one child in every 150 births.

It’s the fastest growing developmental disability, with a rate of diagnosis rising 10 to 17 percent each year. ASD is considered to be a result of biological and/or neurological disorders that affect brain function. To date, there is no known single cause of ASD.

Sensory processing disorder (SPD; also known as sensory integration dysfunction) is a condition that exists when sensations from multiple sources are not adequately processed and the individual struggles to self-regulate and provide appropriate responses to the demands of the environment.

Craniosacral Therapy’s gentle hands on approach is an ideal treatment option for children with ASD and SPD. Treatment has been shown to help the individual with autism find greater ease in the world around them and within themselves, through decreasing the structural stress and strain on their central nervous system. It can help to boost the immune system and is a wonderful treatment option for those with ADD, ADHD and other Infantile disorders in addition to Autism and Sensory processing disorder.

Light touch is often used in Craniosacral work although treatments can be carried out with no physical contact with the same level of success. Craniosacral therapy works with the parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and digest segment) and aims to reduce the overall stress load of the individual. Individuals with SPD have an increased base line stress level and their sympathetic nervous system (the fight or flight segment) is easily triggered making self-regulation increasingly difficult. Craniosacral work is excellent for creating more balance between these two segments of the nervous system and this allows for the individual to learn to self-regulate more easily. Often people report over time their child is calmer, more engaged and there is an increase in social interaction and eye contact. Changes and gains are often very small and subtle to being with in Craniosacral work and Autism/Sensory Processing disorder, but they do start to add up and contribute to big long term gains.

Care-givers often find a slight regression in behaviour with changes in routine (i.e. birth of a sibling, change in care-giver, starting school or preschool – to name a few) and during/shortly after growth spurts. Treatment can be very beneficial in helping the child to navigate these challenges which create increased structural stress and strain on the central nervous system.
Craniosacral therapy can be used alongside Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and other interventions. It is essential to book regular sessions if long-term gains are to be made.

For more information on Craniosacral Therapy and ASD/SPD please get in touch! We can set up a time to talk either in person or over the phone.