For people who have had corrective surgery for a cleft lip and/or palate, craniosacral therapy can have a profound impact. The softening of scar tissue that occurs creates a positive ripple effect; numbness and/or hypersensitivity is reduced, the tension in the muscles and fascia of the face relaxes, and the craniofacial bones become optimally aligned. This technique also allows the dura mater (a membrane that connects to the cranial bones and forms partitions between certain subdivisions of the brain) to untwist, relieving pressure placed on various areas of the brain. So, in addition to improved facial symmetry and mobility, and increased circulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, the technique can facilitate an incredible improvement in overall mental-emotional health. The release of restrictions that occur in this process can also help to resolve residual emotional trauma related to surgery.
Children, whose bodies and minds are still rapidly developing, respond very favorably to craniosacral therapy. Loosening scar tissue from surgery and improving craniofacial alignment as a child grows is highly beneficial because it prevents unnecessary tension and restriction from accumulating in the years afterwards.