Frequently Asked Questions
What is craniosacral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle manual treatment which focuses on the head and spine. CST will release tension and imbalances in the joints and nervous system to relieve pain and other symptoms related to spine and head injuries.
Are there any contraindications or precautions to CST?
CST is extremely safe and gentle, so can be used with all ages from newborns to elderly. There are very few absolute contraindications, though it is not recommended to use CST in cases of recent (unhealed) fractures or with active internal bleeding. These conditions can be ruled out by a physician, if suspected.
What is the training involved with CST?
Education and experience can vary widely according to the practitioner. Margaret has had extensive training and experience (see About), including a two-year biodynamic craniosacral training, which she completed in 1998. In addition, she has participated in several advanced craniosacral practitioner trainings, including specialized classes related to babies and birth.
How long will it take to recover from a concussion?
Most people will be symptom-free within two weeks with proper rest. About 10% of persons with concussions suffer from pain or other problems like dizziness or difficulty concentrating for weeks or months after a concussion. This is called “post-concussion syndrome”. However, even when symptoms go away, there may still be residual effects and compensations happening internally. It is wise to treat these compensations with CST to achieve a more full recovery, and prevent later problems (pain, or learning problems, or serious disability such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy).
What other conditions besides concussion are treated by CCSPT?
Many physical ailments, especially those related to brain, spine and nervous system will benefit from CST. Sciatica (leg pain), back/neck pain and headaches (including migraines) are common complaints. Strain-counterstrain (SCS) is helpful to speed recovery from muscle strains or tendinitis. Muscle energy technique (MET) and functional indirect technique (FIT) are useful in resolving joint sprains, including back injuries and ankle sprains.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
It varies depending on severity and chronicity (how many months or years) of condition. Most people will feel a significant difference in three to six sessions; but may require treatment for longer periods for more full recovery. The number of treatments is always up to the client’s discretion, depending on progress.
How often do I need to come for treatment?
Usually once a week is a good frequency. However, you can benefit from less often. In cases of acute pain or injury, it might be useful to do twice a week until pain or symptoms are more manageable.
How long will an appointment last?
The initial appointment will include an evaluation and gathering information, as well as hands-on treatment, so you can expect to spend 60-70 minutes. Follow-up appointments will last approximately 60 minutes, unless a shorter treatment is arranged (45 minutes)
Will insurance cover my therapy visits?
CCSPT can provide an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, or for tax purposes (e.g., HSA, flex spending). CCSPT is not contracted with any insurance companies. Visits may be covered as an out-of-network provider (physical therapy), under major medical insurance plans, and/or qualify as medical deductions. Insurance verification is the responsibility of the patient. CCSPT accepts cash, check or credit card for payment at time of visit.
How much does a session cost?