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Craniosacral Therapy

A bodywork therapy that uses light touch to release restrictions around the brain and spinal cord, supporting the body’s ability to self heal.

 

An Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy or Cranial Sacral Therapy is a bodywork therapy that focuses on releasing restrictions around the brain and spinal cord to restore body function. It uses light touch and gentle pressure and can be used to treat several conditions and supports the body’s ability to self heal.

The therapy is considered gentle and non-invasive. It is suitable for most people, including newborn babies, pregnant women and the elderly. During and after a session, people report feeling deeply relaxed and with an improved sense of wellbeing.

 

How it works

Cranial practitioners work mainly on the head (cranium) where tensions in the membranes inside the cranium or the muscles outside the skull can cause strains on the brain, the pituitary gland, and the body’s immune system. Craniosacral therapy aims to release these tensions, balancing and restoring the gentle natural rhythmic movement of the cranium and sacrum.

A practitioner will sense these subtle tensions and gently helps the body to move in the direction it needs to go in order to re-align and heal itself.

Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

How can Craniosacral Therapy benefit you?

Craniosacral Therapy works directly with the body’s natural ability for self-repair to treat a wide range of conditions. The strongest evidence supports it as therapy for headaches. The risk of side effects is low, and a good alternative for people who prefer not to take prescription medications.

People may also choose Craniosacral therapy to support the following:

  • Improve flexibility, posture and mobility
  • Improve gut health
  • Improve mental wellbeing
  • Manage stress
  • Find relaxation
  • Increase energy and vitality
  • Improve happiness

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Further reading / Craniosacral therapy studies

Evidence is growing to support craniosacral therapy as a complementary treatment for pain management, stress management, insomnia and some chronic conditions. In babies and children,  it can be used for colic, sleep problems and emotional stress.

 

Headaches

A 2012 study found that Craniosacral Therapy can help reduce symptoms for people who suffer from moderate to severe headaches and migraines.

 

Anxiety and Quality of Life

Craniosacral Therapy has shown to be effective at improving the quality of life for people with fibromyalgia. A study found patients who received CST for 25 weeks had reduced anxiety and perceived pain. It also found the group significantly improved their quality of sleep compared to a control placebo group.

 

Chronic Pain                         

A meta-analysis in 2019 suggests CTS can have significant and robust effects on pain and function. More trials are needed to further corroborate the efficacy, comparative effectiveness, and safety of CST in patients with chronic pain conditions.

 

Sleep

A pilot study demonstrated craniosacral therapy, specifically, the CV4 technique can alter sleep latency in healthy humans. These findings provide important insight into the possible physiologic effects of cranial manipulation. However, the mechanisms behind these changes remain unclear.

Choosing the right Craniosacral Therapist for you

Choosing the right Craniosacral Therapist for you

There are currently no laws regulating Craniosacral therapists. However self-regulating bodies do exist and ensure their members maintain a high professional standard.

We recommend choosing a practitioner who is registered with a professional association such as Craniosacral Therapy Association or the International Cranial Association.

 

Who is Craniosacral Therapy suitable for?

Because it is so gentle and non-invasive, Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newly-born babies to the elderly.

However, Craniosacral Therapy is not recommended for people who have experienced a recent concussion or brain injury, or any disorder that causes cerebral fluid pressure, flow or build up.

What to expect in your first Craniosacral Therapy session

What to expect in your first Craniosacral Therapy session

Craniosacral therapy sessions usually last an hour and you will usually be asked to lie on a massage table. You will remain fully clothed during the session and light comfortable clothing is recommended.

Your first session will start with a health assessment and will give you time to discuss your situation with your therapist. During the treatment, your therapist may stand or sit and will check your craniosacral system by applying light pressure and soft-tissue release, helping you to feel relaxed and with a renewed sense of energy.

The most commonly reported side effect of Craniosacral therapy is mild discomfort following the treatment. This is often temporary and will fade within 24 hours. If you feel discomfort during the session, be sure to notify your therapist.

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Medical concerns

Holistic disciplines can assist you in your wellbeing, though they are not a substitute for medical care. This information should be used as a guide only to help you explore which holistic disciplines may assist you. We recommend researching the discipline and speaking with a practitioner before choosing to book any service.

This information is not, nor is it intended to be used as a medical diagnosis. Any information provided must be considered as guidance only, and not a substitute for obtaining a diagnosis from a medical professional. Please see the full terms and conditions of use. Always consult your doctor for any medical concerns.

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