Craniosacral Therapy

What is Cranio-Sacral Therapy?

Involuntary Motion - The Cranial Rhythm

Your Cranial practitioners at Baks Osteopathy have been trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is known as the Involuntary Motion, or the Cranial Rhythm.  The movement is of very small amplitude, therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of touch to feel it. This rhythm was first described in the early 1900's by Dr. William G. Sutherland and its existence was confirmed in a series of laboratory tests in the 1960's and '70's.

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Tension in the body disrupts the cranial rhythm. Practitioners compare what your rhythm is doing to what they consider ideal. This shows them what stresses and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of its past history. It also gives them an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is healthy, or stressed and tired.

Accumulation of stress and strain in the body

When we experience physical or emotional stresses our body tissues tend to tighten up. The body may have been able to adapt to these effects at the time, but a lasting strain often remains. Any tensions which remain held in the body can restrict its free movement. Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with accumulated stresses and symptoms may develop.

What To Expect From A Consultation

Here at Baks Osteopathy Ltd we want to make sure that your health is number one priority during your visit.  For this reason, we like to spend about one hour with you for your first consultation.  This gives us time to take a full case history to gain as accurate a picture of your problem as possible, prior to commencement of the appropriate treatment.

Your medical history 

Before we start to treat you, we will make a medical assessment of your health. We take time to listen to you and ask questions, to make sure we understand your medical history and your day-to-day routine. We’ll ask you about things like diet, exercise and what is happening in your life, as these may give clues to help our diagnosis, both in the short & long term management of your problem. We may feel your pulse and check your reflexes. We may also take your blood pressure and refer you for clinical tests, such as x-rays, if we think you need them.          

Your posture & body movements

We usually look at your posture and how you move your body. We may also assess what happens when we move it for you and see what hurts, where and when.  In order for us to fully examine you for the likely cause of your problem, it is usually necessary for you to undress either partially or fully down to your underwear.  This will be dependant on the case history and presenting problem, so please be aware that you will need to dress appropriately for this.          


Using accurate palpation (touch), we may also find the areas which are sensitive, tight  or restricted and this helps us to identify what’s going on.  When we have done this, we can provide a diagnosis based on the most likely causes of your pain. 

We may sometimes feel that Cranio-Sacral Therapy is not appropriate for you and refer you to your GP or another specialist such as an orthopaedic surgeon.  These options will be discussed with you at the consultation if necessary.


Cranio-Sacral Therapists use a wide range of techniques to help relieve your pain.  Which ones we use will depend on your age, fitness and the diagnosis reached at consultation. 
Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints.

We may discuss exercises that you can do to improve your posture and movement in your workplace and everyday life. 

Hot & cold treatments and simple massage creams available from your local chemist may also be useful for those unable to rest from work - these will also be advised where necessary.


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