Combining CST with Manual Therapy
Because Craniosacral Therapy works at such a fundamental level in the body, it can be very effective with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Disc Herniation/Prolapse
- Joint and Muscle Pain
- Recurrent sports injuries, for example, hamstring tears
- Post orthopaedic surgery
Working in my clinical practice, I mix the 2 modalities of treatment, Physical/Manipulative Therapy & Manual Therapies with Craniosacral Therapy.
I have found it extremely beneficial to release overall body tension through CST before applying the more invasive techniques of physical therapy and manipulative therapy.
An example of this is the treatment of a ‘Whiplash‘ client, where the body may still be in shock and nerve endings on fire. Once the nervous system is supported, it relaxes and allows for the more structural work to be done.
Sometimes I have more success the other way round. After the grosser manipulation techniques have been applied, CST works at a deeper level to help maintain homeostasis within the body. This is very true if the injury/debilitation is psychosomatic, ie. stress- related illness.