What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle and non-invasive manual therapy, aimed at releasing restrictions, blockages or imbalances within the Craniosacral system, and rebalancing a person’s health on multiple levels. Craniosacral treatment aims to treat the problem at the source, rather than the symptoms, thereby enhancing the body’s natural ability for self-repair.
What is the Craniosacral System?
This important system includes the membranes and fluid (cerebrospinal fluid) that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord, as well as the bones of the cranium (skull) down to the sacrum (tailbone).
The rhythmic fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid has a direct influence on the ultimate control system of the body, the central nervous system (CNS). Every cell in the body, including the organs and stuctures of the musculoskeletal, vascular, lymphatic, endocrine and respiratory systems, are connected to and controlled by the CNS. Any abnormalities in the craniosacral system can therefore have widespread effects, including sensory, motor and neurological issues. These could include chronic pain, learning difficulties, disrupted visceral (organ) function, motor-coordination impairments, headaches and migraines.
Common causes for imbalances include physical injuries, 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
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Motor-coordination Impairments
- Digestive disorders and Colic
- Learning disabilities
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Fatigue
Our Craniosacral Therapist is also a Physiotherapist with 20 years’ experience, and has a special interest in working with trauma/PTSD and patterns of overwhelm, often working in conjunction with psychologists and counsellors. She treats cranial and facial issues, such as TMJ (jaw) symptoms, headaches, migraines, and sinusitis, and 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.