What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

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Craniosacral therapy is used by physical therapists, massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors and osteopaths. It is to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 21 5
General health 8 3
Fibromyalgia 5 1
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 3 2
Generalized anxiety disorder 3 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 5
None 18

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Craniosacral Therapy

Side effect Patients Percentage
Lightheadedness 2
Dizziness 1
Heavy sensation in head 1
Nausea 1
Pain in lower back 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Craniosacral Therapy

Dosage Patients Percentage
60 min monthly 1
30 min weekly 1
unspecified 1

Why patients stopped taking Craniosacral Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Expense 8
Course of treatment ended 6
Did not seem to work 6
Other 3
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 22 patients who've stopped going to Craniosacral Therapy

Duration

Currently going to Craniosacral Therapy

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped going to Craniosacral Therapy

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 11
Usually 7
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 15
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 6
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 9
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5 patient evaluations for Craniosacral Therapy

Nov 1, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for autonomic neuropathy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (for Overall) (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: My body has been so hypersensitive that I was only able to tolerate 1.5 sessions. The first session went well and I fell asleep on the table. I was totally relaxed after it. The second session didn't go well right from the start. I began flushing and having s lot of nausea. It didn't matter what we did, the symptoms wouldn't calm down.  The decision was made to hold off on further treatments until my body calmed down some..needless to say, it hasn't happened yet.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2010 (Started Dec 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Every 3 months
Advice & Tips: Try it for yourselves; for me it is every 3 months
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 30, 2010 (Started Oct 11, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Asperger)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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