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 15 5
Fibromyalgia 4 1
General health 4 3
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 3 2
Migraine headaches 2 2
Multiple Sclerosis 2 1

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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
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 5
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Craniosacral Therapy

Side effect Patients
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
60 min monthly 3
120 min monthly 1
60 min weekly 1
60minutes as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Craniosacral Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 8
Course of treatment ended 5
Did not seem to work 5
Other 3
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently going to Craniosacral Therapy

Duration Patients
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 5

Stopped going to Craniosacral Therapy

Duration Patients
0-1 month 5
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 5
6 months-1 year 4
1-2 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 10
Usually 7
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 4
$50-99 5
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 9
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4 patient evaluations for Craniosacral Therapy

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elaurenzo
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elaurenzo
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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Dec 1, 2010 (Started Dec 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    None
  • 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

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Train
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Data Quality: 1 star
32 years
Female
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  • Speech: 2
  • Sociability: 17
  • Sensory/Cognitive Awareness: 16
  • Health/Physical Behavior: 42
  • ATEC score: 77
I have:
Asperger's

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Nov 30, 2010 (Started Oct 11, 2009)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
Cirdan
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Cirdan
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 0
Mania: 1
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
32 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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Sep 9, 2010 (Started Jul 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depression with anxiety; back/neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Tendonitis)
  • side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Very relaxing. Very good for tendonitis, stress, depression. It alone, however, will not cure tendonitis, as it needs to be followed up with disciplined rehabilitation exercises and stretches in order to strengthen the tendons and increase their flexibility for full recovery. It was 0 cost to me, but only because I'm lucky enough to have good insurance.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 26, 2010 (Started Jul 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Depression with anxiety; back/neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Tendonitis)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I can't really verify this, and only have the doctor's word, but my eyesight actually improved a little because apparently the doctor had been relieving pressure on the optic nerve. I don't know, but HELLA relaxing anyway.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 26, 2010 (Started Jul 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depression with anxiety; back/neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Tendonitis)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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