At Michael Squirrell Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, Harley St, we make use of a range of complementary therapies to provide you with a fully integrated and comprehensive service.

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Treatment with Craniosacral Therapy?

Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy?

What is Cranialsacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy is a method of complementary and alternative medicine used by physical therapists, massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors and osteopaths. A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which allows them to tune into what we call the craniosacral system. By gently working with the spine, the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia, the restrictions of nerve passages are eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord optimised, and misaligned bones are restored to their proper position.

Craniosacral therapy is particularly useful in the treatment of mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.

 

Treatment with Craniosacral Therapy

A typical craniosacral therapy session is performed with the patient in a supine position, and usually lasts about one hour. A ten-step protocol serves as a general guideline, which includes (1) analysing the base (existing) cranial rhythm, (2) creating a still point in that rhythm at the base of the skull, (3) rocking the sacrum, (4) lengthening the spine in the lumbar-sacral region, (5) addressing the pelvic, respiratory and thoracic diaphragms, (6) releasing the hyoid bone in the throat, and (7-10) addressing each one of the cranial bones. The practitioner may use discretion in deciding which steps are suitable for each client, and may or may not follow them in sequential order, with time restraints and the extent of trauma being factors.

 

Benefits of Cranialsacral Therapy?

Patients often report a sense of deep relaxation during and after the treatment session, and may feel light-headed. This is popularly associated with increases in endorphins, but research shows the effects may actually be brought about by the endocannabinoid system. Craniosacral therapy is particularly beneficial in children.

 

Mike Squirrell is a certified practitioner of Applied Kinesiology and other related health practices:

  • ACCESS Technique – link to www.douglasdiehl.com
  • Applied Kinesiology – link to www.appliedkinesiology.com
  • B.E.S.T. link to www.morter.com
  • Neuro-Emotional Therapy – link to www.netmindbody.com
  • Psych-K – link to www.psych-k.com

X/Ray, MRI and GP/Specialist referral can be arranged immediately if required.

 

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