Some questions answered
We’ve tried to answer the most frequently asked questions about cranial therapy and physical therapy here.
What precautions are in place to stop the spread of Covid 19?
- Strict hygiene protocol will be implemented during your visit and between patient appointments.
- Please wear a face mask during your visit and wash your hands on arrival.
- All surfaces likely to be touched by anyone will be sanitised between appointments and the room aired.
- No bedding will be used except for wipe clean pillows.
- Please bring your own clean towel to lie on, another to cover you and a small hand towel.
- I shall be wearing face mask, gloves and plastic apron.
- Strict hand and forearm washing will be performed between patients.
- I shall aim to take as much of the history over the phone before the appointment to help reduce contact time.
- Patients are requested to arrive at the time of their appointment and not before, to reduce the chance of meeting other patients. (We may even ask you to wait in your car or outside until we phone you to come in).
How much does the treatment cost?
The fee is £40.00 per session
45 minutes is allowed for each session with 15 minutes being allocated for cleaning and airing the room between patient appointments.
What payment methods are accepted?
We’d be grateful if you could make payment by card or cash.
Is there car parking near the Axminster clinic?
There are two public car parks within two minutes’ walk of the clinic in Axminster.
Where are Chardstock appointments held?
The Chardstock clinic is in the rural parish of Chardstock. It is approximately 10 minutes drive (3.5 miles) from Chard and 15 minutes (5.5 miles) from Axminster, with private parking. Please note that the journey involves driving on narrow lanes.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies for everyone, but in general one would hope to have noticed a significant improvement 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 accurate answer to this question after we have examined you.
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.
A 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. I am on the register of qualified therapists. 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?
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 common symptoms we have helped people with using Cranial & Physical Therapy: