Sports massage therapy for sports injuries at Tavistock Physio Clinics

Cranio-Sacral Therapy

Cranio Sacral Therapy (CST) is a type of bodywork that can create dynamic improvements in your life.
It helps to release tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction, improving whole-body health and performance.

Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being than your central nervous system (CNS).  And few body systems have more impact on your (CNS) than the craniosacral system which comprises the bones, soft tissues and fluid that surround and nurture your brain and spinal cord.
Every day our bodies absorb and endure stresses and strains, but they can only handle so much tension before the tissues begin to tighten or change.

Other experiences, from physical injuries to emotional trauma, can create or add to restrictions.  These may radiate out from or into the craniosacral system and can compromise the function of the CNS or other areas of the body.

The light touch techniques of CST can release these tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct. It is so gentle it can benefit all ages, from newborn babies to the elderly.

It may be worthwhile considering this form of therapy for the following conditions:

Sinus problems
Tension/stress related disorders
Musculoskeletal problems such as neck or back ache
Acute pain, such as whiplash
Chronic disorders which no longer respond to conventional treatment
As a preventative technique to optimise health


A typical CST session will last up to an hour and you remain fully clothed.  The therapist will begin by evaluating the rhythm and motion of your craniosacral system by placing her hands gently on different parts of the body to locate areas of restriction.  Delicate, precise and effective manual techniques are used to release body tissues in the problem areas. Many of these take place on the head (cranium) or the base of the spine (sacrum), but other parts of the body may be involved as the site of a symptom is not always where the root problem lies.
Typically, feelings of warmth, softening or pulsing are experienced in the areas being worked on, and a sensation of deep relaxation results.

It can be used as an adjunct to physiotherapy treatment or as a standalone therapy.

For more information please get in touch with the clinic

Call 01822 617722 now for more information and to book an appointment

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Physiotherapy First Physios in Sport Health and Care Professions Council
Last updated 27th April 2021

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