What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy aims to rebalance a person’s health on multiple levels, by focusing on the rhythmic fluctuation of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord (cerebrospinal fluid). The latter has a direct influence on the ultimate control system of the body, the central nervous system (CNS). Every cell in the body, including the musculoskeletal, vascular, lymphatic, endocrine and respiratory systems are connected to and controlled by the CNS. Any abnormalities in any one of these systems can therefore affect and influence the craniosacral system, and vice versa.
Craniosacral treatment focuses on sensing this subtle rhythmic motion, through gentle contact with the cranial bones, the sacrum (tail bone), and other structures related to production and functioning of the cerebrospinal fluid. The aim of treatment is to identify and release any restrictions, blockages or imbalances in the system. Common causes for imbalances include physical injuries, psychological and emotional stresses, toxicity and birth trauma.
What does it treat?
Conditions which may be helped with CST include:
• Migraines and Headaches
• Chronic Neck and Back Pain
• TMJ/jaw pain
• Tinnitus and Middle Ear problems
• Stress and Tension related disorders
• Motor-coordination Impairments
• Digestive disorders and Colic
• Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
• Chronic Fatigue
Our Craniosacral Therapist is also a Physiotherapist, and has a special interest in treating cranial and facial issues, such as TMJ (jaw) symptoms, headaches and migraines, and sinusitis. She also has extensive experience working with babies and children, especially following difficult births.
What to expect from a Craniosacral Therapy session?
The initial consultation will begin with a comprehensive assessment, looking at many different facets of a client’s history, lifestyle and health. The treatment itself is very relaxing, with only a very light touch used to contact the bones in the cranium (skull) and other parts of the body. The treatment DOES NOT involve any manipulation of joints and the client remains fully clothed during the treatment.
The session often occurs as part of a Physiotherapy treatment, and therefore additional stretches, exercises and manual techniques may be used in conjunction.
Is this covered by Health Funds/Medicare?
If the Craniosacral Therapy session is part of a Physiotherapy session, it may be covered by your health insurance fund (under Physiotherapy), as it is used as one of our physiotherapist’s different modalities/treatment techniques.
Costs and duration
Initial consultation 1 hour: $105
Subsequent consultation up to one hour: $100