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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between physiotherapy and craniosacral therapy?
Physiotherapy involves the use of physical techniques to treat pain or dysfunction. Craniosacral therapy is a non-physical treatment, involving light touch only. The therapist needs to use a focused attention on affected structures, to obtain an effect.

Does physiotherapy and craniosacral therapy treat the same conditions?
There is alot of overlap. Physiotherapy is better for acute pain and any pain of mechanical cause.

Craniosacral therapy is more effective for chronic pain and pain arising from the nervous system.

Craniosacral therapy also treats a lot of dysfunctions/problems that physiotherapy cannot address.

Examples of such conditions are:fatigue, stress, autonomic nervous sytem dysfunctions (as listed under conditions), conditions arising from birth trauma. It is also highly effective for headaches.

Craniosacral therapy can also mobilize deep, internal scars,such as post-operatively. Physiotherapy treats surface scars.

Craniosacral therapy cannot strenghthen weak muscles, but may improve function through improved nervous system function. Physiotherapy exercises help with direct muscle strenghthening.

Who uses craniosacral therapy?
Healthcare practitioners such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, medical doctors, nurses, dentists, occupational therapists, psychologists and professional bodyworkers.

What training does it require?
A 1-2 year course,involving antomy and clinical courses for non-medical canditates.A knowledge of anatomy is essential for effectively performing craniosacral therapy.

How was Craniosacral therapy developed?
In 1970,osteopathic physician, John E. Upledger was assisting during neck surgery.He observed a rhythmic motion in the nervous system,which was later identified as the craniosacral system. Following extensive research, which also involved verifying earlier theories on the existence of cranial bone motion, by Sutherland (1900), cranioascral therapy was developed.

What may you experience during a craniosacral session?
Experiences/responses to a treatment vary from individuals and also differ from session to session. One may feel deeply relaxed and often fall asleep. Some may recall past memories or feel emotional. Some may experience physical sensations-heat,tingling or muscle contractions with involuntary movements. All reactions are completely within the clients control.

What may you experience after a treatment?
Tiredness and a strong urge to sleep.An increase in energy, well-being or rested feel.Pain relief or release of tension may be immediate,or occur gradually over the next few days. Treatment effects can continue for weeks after a session. The healing process is initiated during a session, and will still continue over the next few days to weeks afterwards.


To arrange an appointment or to speak to a physiotherapist, call us on 0815701911 or email info@sandtonphysio.co.za

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What we treat

  • Back/Neck pain
  • Post whiplash injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • All soft tissue injuries
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Post fractures / dislocations
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