FAQs on Craniosacral Therapy

March 26, 2020

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You may have heard of Craniosacral Therapy (CST) as a very gentle treatment used to relieve stress or migraines. But should you try it?

Craniosacral therapy is more common in Dubai physiotherapy clinics than you think. The technique was founded in the 70s’ by John Upledger, who is an osteopathic physician. It was introduced as an alternative therapy and a cure-all for a wide range of health conditions. Here are some frequently asked questions you need to know:

What is craniosacral therapy?

CST is a gentle, non-invasive, manual approach in releasing tensions found deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve overall health and wellness. It treats the articular, neurological, muscular connection between the skull and tailbone.

How is CST performed?

A craniosacral therapy session involves applying gentle finger pressure on selected stress points around the head, torso, knees, and feet. The manipulation is barely detectable, but it helps align the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid.

How does CST work?

The stresses and strains your body absorb on a daily basis can cause tissues to tighten. Thus, compromise the performance of your central nervous system. Craniosacral therapy alleviates these stress points and enhances the body’s ability to self-heal.

Who can benefit from CST?

Craniosacral therapy can be used for people of all ages. It can address a wide range of symptoms associated with:

  • Fatigue, migraines, and headaches
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Disorders of the TMJ, or jawbone and joint
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Motor-coordination impairments
  • Stress and tension-related disorders
  • Learning disabilities, ADHD/ADD
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, and grief
  • Orthopedic problems
  • Central nervous system disorders and more

What happens during a CST session?

Your therapist will take a written case history and ask the reasons for your visit. You will then be asked to lie down flat on a massage table or sit on a couch fully clothed and start the gentle manipulation. The process will last about 45 minutes to an hour.

What will I experience during or after CST?

Experiences can vary from client to client, and session to session. But most people report feeling a deep relaxation and sensing pulsations. Some fall asleep during the therapy and later recall seeing colors or a numbing sensation.

How many CST sessions do I need?

Some health issues may require more CST sessions. Individuals also respond differently to the therapy, so the number of sessions varies widely and depends on their own conditions. Each body is unique and will heal in its own unique way.

How can I book my first CST session?

Whether you’re booking CST for sciatica or as a chronic back pain treatment Dubai therapists at Scandinavian Physiotherapy Center can help. You can schedule an appointment at their clinic today or reach them at +971 56 366 7904.