Thursday 16 August 2012

Craniosacral - could this treatment benefit you?

Craniosacral Therapy is attracting increasing interest for its gentle yet effective approach, working directly with the body’s natural capacity for self-repair to treat a wide range of conditions.

The name comes from the bones that help to make up the system – the skull including the face (the cranium) and the spinal column which extends to the sacrum.

The Cardio-vascular and respiratory systems (heart and lungs) are ones familiar to most of us, and like them, the cranio-sacral system also influences many body functions.

What happens during treatment?
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle technique. Benefits can be gained by applying as little as 5 grams of pressure (or the equivalent of the weight of a 20p piece).

At your first appointment you will be asked a range of questions about your health to establish whether your problem is likely to benefit from CST.

Treatment takes place with you fully clothed and normally with you lying on your back. Sessions can last from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

How does it work?
The positive effects of CST rely in the body’s ability to correct things that may be going wrong within itself. The light touch improves the movement within the cranio-sacral system, which can help release tight structures and promote the body’s healing.

Will it help me?
Because CST helps your body in healing itself, the scope of what you feel and the type of problems it may help with is very wide indeed. However, the majority of patients report an improvement in their symptoms - some after one session, others after several.

What can CsT help with?

Some of the most common difficulties that CST may help are:
·         Longstanding pain
·         Low energy levels
·         Migraines and headaches
·         Jaw problems (temporo-mandibular joint)
·         Neuralgia
·         Menstrual/menopausal problems

CST can also be very useful in newborn infant and childhood problems, for example:
·         Colic
·         Hyperactivity
·         Feeding/sleeping

Craniosacral Therapy has a very high success rate.
·         Increased sense of relaxation
·         Improvement of the symptoms you came to see the practitioner about - quite simply, you get better
·         Improvement of other symptoms. E.g someone coming for treatment for a bad back can find that, as well as their back pain easing, the migraines they have had for years have got better
·         Change in behaviour patterns
·         Greater capacity to manage life in general
·         Better management of specific disease symptoms
·         Reduced stress
·         Improvement of psychological issues
·         Reduction of effects of past trauma
·         Improved sense of well-being

For the minority, where rapid results cannot be achieved, we can refer you for the following:
·         MRI and other scanning
·         Consultant opinion
·         Ergonomic advice
·         Work-place assessment
·         Rehabilitation facilities

If you would like to make an appointment with Vicky Smith, please contact our Durham, Newcastle or Gateshead Clinic. If you are unsure whether CST is appropriate for you either speak to your Connect Physiotherapist or call our reception team and ask about Craniosacral therapy.

Contact details
Newcastle Clinic t: 0191 213 5116
Gateshead Clinic t: 0191 491 1808
Durham Clinic t: 0191 491 1808

60 minutes £80.00
30 minutes £46.00

Monday’s 5.30pm - 8.00pm
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