Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle and relaxing treatment that focuses on balancing connective tissue tensions in the body. It can alleviate deep tensions and pain in the body, brain and spine, especially those caused by trauma or surgery. Experiencing deep relaxation of the nervous system is one of its many benefits, so it is an effective stress management strategy. Craniosacral therapy also improves flexibility and a sense of wellness. It is usually part of an integrated treatment plan that may include Chiropractic, Physiotherapy or Massage, based on an individuals needs and goals.
Because craniosacral therapy works on deeper connective tissues in the body it is effective for even complicated cases including chronic pain or multiple areas of pain/injury and is worth trying when other techniques have not been as successful. Treatments are done with the client fully clothed, in a quiet, relaxed room.
Mary Lynne Jones, our Physiotherapist has completed the advanced Pediatric Craniosacral therapy program and advanced Brain Craniosacral therapy through the Upledger Institute in Florida. She has also completed her 4 levels of Craniosacral therapy for adults. She is comfortable treating babies, children, pregnant women and adults with craniosacral therapy. Craniosacral therapy can be part of an integrated treatment program for musculoskeletal problems, neurological conditions including Alzheimer’s/Dementia, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, ADD/ADHD, balance/dizziness problems, stroke, plageocephaly, concussion, chronic pain and stress.
This technique is not as “evidence based” as other techniques due to its subtle, yet complex effects on the whole body and difficulty in isolating these effects with research models. There are studies available, including several case studies and research is ongoing. In Mary Lynne’s opinion, she sees very positive results every day using this technique, compared to other physiotherapy techniques she uses.
For more information on Craniosacral therapy please visit www.upledger.com.