Ideal for chronic conditions such as persistent back and neck pain, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue to name a few, Craniosacral Therapy (CST) must be performed by a qualified practitioner.
100% non-invasive and only using gentle touch, CST works on the soft tissues and membranes that surround the central nervous system from the face (cranium) to the sacral area (bottom of your spine).
Learn more below or book a treatment with our CST practitioner at our Everton Park clinic today!
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What is Craniosacral Therapy and how does it work?
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a non-invasive therapy that uses light touch to help with a range of conditions, including headaches and other long-standing issues.
When we have had a chronic issue, the body has sometimes compensated so well that it can be difficult to find the underlying problem.
The gentle touch technique used in CST helps us to receive information from the tissues better, find the original source of the problem and release restrictions in the body.
What is the craniosacral system?
The craniosacral system comprises of membranes and fluids that surround the central nervous system. It encompasses the bones of the skull and face (cranium) down through the spine to the pelvis and tailbone (sacral area) and all the soft tissue and membranes between them.
Restrictions can develop in this system when injury, pain or illness occurs, and can result in tension and compensatory patterns.
This in turn can impact the function of our other systems, such as immune, lymphatic and gastrointestinal systems.
Who can benefit from Craniosacral therapy?
Just about everyone can benefit from CST, especially those with chronic health issues. Some of the conditions Craniosacral therapy can help to treat include:
- People with long-standing chronic pain, such as chronic back and neck pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Tinnitus/ringing in the ears
- Disorders of the central nervous system
- TMJ dysfunction
- Migraines and headaches
- General musculoskeletal pain
- Visual disturbances
It can also be suitable for someone who is experiencing acute severe pain and is worried that physio may make it worse, or someone who has pain sensitivities and requires gentler treatment.
Craniosacral therapy may also be an option for people who have tried numerous mainstream treatments without success.
Why Choose Craniosacral Therapy Over Traditional Physio?
Light touch is used in CST because sometimes the body will respond to firmer touch/palpation by guarding or reacting strongly.
This reaction can trigger pain reflexes and mask the original issue.
What Can I Expect from Craniosacral Therapy Treatment?
CST is performed with the patient fully clothed (loose comfortable clothing) and lying on a padded massage table.
The sensations experienced during a session can vary significantly from person to person, and can depend on the individual’s condition and their level of body awareness.
Sensations that some report include:
- Feeling relaxed
- Feelings of warmth
- Gentle pulsing or unwinding sensations as the body releases tension
Occasionally some might feel nothing at all during the session and notice changes slowly over the following days. This is because the central nervous system can take up to 48hrs to readjust or “recalibrate” to new changes in the tissue.
It’s important to stay hydrated after your session to help integrate those changes.
How Often Should You Have Craniosacral Therapy?
The number of sessions needed varies widely – from just one up to three or more a week over the course of several weeks.
For most people, once a week is a good timeframe to allow new changes to process in the system without overwhelming it.
Most people find anywhere from 4-6 sessions can be enough to make a significant and lasting change.
That said, your North West Physio practitioner will always be upfront with you regarding your individual treatment plan and the number of sessions we anticipate will be required to help you recover fully and achieve long term solutions.