Cranial & Physical Practitioner
How much does it cost?
45 minutes is allowed for each session.
Pay by cash, cheque or card.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies for everyone, but in general one would hope to have helped significantly after two or three sessions. On average most people probably have about 3-4 treatments initially, including babies, but it does vary because everybody is different. We can usually give a more sensible answer to this question after we have examined you.
Do I need GP referral?
No, your GP does not need to refer you to our clinic. We do, however, collaborate with GPs and other medical practitioners if necessary and will ask your permission to contact them should the need arise.
Do I need x-rays?
No, but if we think you should be x-rayed or scanned we will write to your GP explaining why and ask them to arrange it.
What is Cranial Therapy?
Cranial Therapy requires the ability to palpate (feel with hands) a very subtle, involuntary motion in the body and to use very gentle manipulative techniques to release tension and strains throughout the body, including the head. Cranial Therapy may also be referred to as Craniosacral Therapy. The Therapy addresses the WHOLE BODY, not just the head, and the aim is to help the body to unwind itself, to aid it to release tension so that it can function more efficiently and more comfortably.
Definition of Craniosacral Therapy from the CNHC website: Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on therapy that uses a light touch and whose origins are in the practice of Osteopathy. The body has self-healing capabilities and is constantly striving for good health. Craniosacral Therapy can facilitate this natural propensity for balance and a feeling of wellbeing in the client. Craniosacral Therapy also recognizes the interconnection between mind and body. Craniosacral therapists work with the presence of subtle rhythmic motions that are expressed within the body (particularly the head, spine and pelvis). The free and balanced expression of these subtle motions is related to our state of health and vitality. In a typical session the client will lie (or sometimes sit) on a treatment couch. The therapist makes contact by gently placing her/his hands on the client's body and uses a light touch to tune into the subtle motions taking place. The therapist can evaluate if there are any imbalances within the body and use a range of non-invasive therapeutic skills to relax and thereby promote self-healing within the client. Choosing a practitioner It is important to choose a qualified craniosacral therapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of Craniosacral Therapy. You can check whether a craniosacral therapist is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register at www.cnhc.org.uk. By choosing craniosacral therapists registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.
What Symptoms Can Cranial Therapy Help With?
At Axminster Cranial & Physical Therapy we have helped people with a very wide range of symptoms. Generally we have helped people with various stiffness, tension, aches and pains in many different parts of the body including neck and back pain. People often report that in addition to their presenting symptom improving they may find they sleep well and generally feel more well.
Please do phone us if you would like to ask about your specific problem.
Here are some of the symptoms we have helped people with at Axminster Cranial & Physical Therapy:
Headache, Neck pain, Back pain
Shoulder ache/pain, Arm pain
Leg pain, foot, knee and hip pain