Craniosacral therapy is a gentle treatment which involves a practitioner applying very light touch to the body. The cranial system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth that make up the cranium, down the spine to the sacrum and tailbone area.
Practitioners believe that imbalances and restrictions in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid reflect physical, mental, emotional or psychological injuries and tensions anywhere in the body. The aim of treatment is to encourage the body’s own healing process.
Craniosacral therapy is related to osteopathy, but cranial practitioners are not necessarily trained as osteopaths, unless they have both qualifications
The practitioner will take your case history, including details of any medication and other treatments or therapies. Treatment is carried out with the patient fully dressed and in a relaxed position.
Certain serious head conditions such as bleeding inside the head and raised pressure or an aneurysm within the skull, have been noted as indications against having cranial therapy. People with recent head injuries have also been advised to be cautious about having treatment.
Patients may sometimes feel a mild discomfort or a temporary worsening of symptoms after treatment. This is generally short-lived and is part of the healing process – if this continues after 2-3 days, or if you have any other concerns, contact the practitioner or your GP. There is also a possibility that treatment can increase the effects of medicines for diabetes and epilepsy.