Craniosacral Therapy emerged out of Osteopathy as an approach that works not just with the bones and muscles, but with the complete body system.
It works to assess your individual needs and to support recovery.
The treatment does not focus on specific conditions but works to encourage the body’s own natural healing capacity. This way of working is completely non-invasive and involves only a very light touch and no manipulation.
- Back Pain or Sciatica – whether from sudden injury or long-standing troubles.
- Neck and Shoulder Tension and Persistent Headaches.
- Arthritis, Joint Disorders and Chronic Pain.
- Insomnia and Exhaustion.
- Anxiety and Stress.
- Digestive and Hormonal Disturbances.
- Following Surgery, Falls, Accidents or Major Dental Work.
- Those “Never felt well since…” or “Just don’t know what to do about it…” moments in life.
Craniosacral therapy may help in the treatment of babies with…
- Distress after a Difficult Birth.
- Colic and Feeding Problems.
- Settling to Sleep which exhausts the whole family!
- Around Teething.
- Repeated Ear Infections.
…and Mums with problems during Pregnancy often benefit greatly too.
Craniosacral Therapy can be very appropriate for elderly people, the disabled where mobility may be restricted, or people with terminal illness. As the technique is so gentle, it is safe and suitable even in fragile or acutely painful conditions where movement, or simply touch, proves difficult.
It is important to understand that this way of working is not focused on treating particular conditions or diseases, but offers to support your overall health and recovery. It can be used alongside other treatments but is never intended to replace medical help.
People very often come to see us when they are struggling to get over an injury or ailment that just won’t resolve.
Whenever you have an injury or go through an illness, your tissues react in response, and not solely where it hurts. Your whole body will be involved in the attempt to adapt. Sprain an ankle for example and you might find that you get backache just because you have been limping, emotional stress can also be expressed physically, perhaps with digestive problems.
Usually we recover well, but sometimes, especially if the situation is stressful, these patterns of adaptation remain, and can build up over time. Your body ‘forgets’ how to reset itself.
All this is reflected in the overall tone of your tissues and the state of your nervous system especially as expressed in the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal column (from your head — cranium to the base of your spine — sacrum).
The trained hands of the Craniosacral Therapist can identify within these fluid movements the reflected patterns of trauma, restriction and congestion throughout the body.
This gentle attention can assess the situation and encourage your nervous system to settle, your tissues to begin to let go of contractions, and helps you and your body to find ways back to better balance and an improved level of functioning.
It seems that the therapist’s focused enquiry – bringing with it a clear awareness of how the body works and how it can get stuck in trouble – can initiate a healing response.
A little help can go a very long way.
I will take a full medical history and sometimes, if it seems advisable, suggest you check with your own doctor first, especially if you have, or you suspect you have, a specific health problem.
For treatment you remain fully clothed and we find a comfortable position for you to be in – usually lying on a treatment couch or perhaps just sitting. With babies we work together in whatever way is comfortable, often with the mum or dad nursing the baby. On home visits I may often be working around a bed or a wheelchair.
Cranial touch is light and sensitive and not necessarily just at the head or sacrum. Starting at the feet or shoulders can also be a useful way of getting a sense of just how you are in your body today.
We work together to note and track progress over a number of sessions. You may notice changes even during the actual treatment, often with a profound sense of ease.
I will probably suggest two or three sessions, perhaps a week apart at first, to see if this treatment technique is going to suit you. Babies and toddlers tend to respond quite rapidly and need fewer sessions, but as we get older our body’s adaptations can be more complicated and it may take a while longer.
If you would like more information to find out how Craniosacral Therapy may benefit you or if you would like to make an appointment please contact me.