Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, non-invasive therapy using light touch. It is done fully clothed – a positive for people who are averse to massage and being exposed. The practitioner holds different points from the sacrum up to the skull to balance the nervous system and calm down the flight/fight/freeze response governed by our sympathetic nervous system.

The mechanism by which it works is contested and the research has not validated its basic tenets. There is some research pointing to it being helpful with headaches, fatigue, anxiety, stress and decreasing the flight/fight response. A recent survey of 237 patients’ subjective experience of craniosacral therapy showed that over 90% experienced decreased stress, more body awareness and improved their relationship with their condition. There have been no documented cases of adverse effects from this therapy.

Craniosacral therapy has great value as an adjunct to your cancer treatment to alleviate stress, boost your immune system and to receive touch in a nurturing, therapeutic manner.  It is also helpful to develop improved body awareness and connect back to your body in a safe and slow manner. It is not a replacement for medical care but is often done by physiotherapists, occupational therapists and chiropractors – allowing it to be integrated into your holistic physical rehabilitation.

If you would like to know more about craniosacral therapy, feel free to contact Ivo Visic BSc(Physio) on

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