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Craniosacral Therapy For Chronic Pain

Written by Sharon Tan

Certificate Craniosacral Therapy (CST) (Level 1 and Level 2) (The Upledger Institute)
SomatoEmotional Release (SER) (Level 1) (The Upledger Institute)
Certified practitioner in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Certified practitioner in Matrix Reimprinting

What is Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on therapy that releases tensions in and around your central nervous system, so that every other systems in your body can relax and self-correct.

CST works on the understanding that imbalance of the nervous system can adversely affect the development and performance of the the brain and spinal cord and contribute to sensory, motor and/or neurological disabilities.​

Although there’s touch involved, CST is more like a listening than a massage.

With a very soft touch, the therapist feels and follows the subtle motions of your tissues, even in the deeper layers, so that your body can reveal where it needs help. We then facilitate the release of blockages in these tissues, in order to bring a healthier and balanced state to your body. ​

After a CST session, most clients feel relaxed and calm. They also reported reduction of pain, increased sense of well-being, deeper sleep and improvement of some medical conditions. 

CST was pioneered and developed by Dr. John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies in the 1970’s in the United States of America. It is a complementary therapy. It may be used alongside your conventional medical treatment but it does not replace it.

What conditions can Craniosacral Therapy help?

Because of the influence on the functioning of the nervous system, CST can benefit the body in a number of ways – from reducing stress and enhancing overall health to alleviating a wide range of specific medical conditions associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Neck pain and back pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective Tissue Disorder
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Among CST’s largest client groups are those suffering from chronic symptoms that haven’t been aided by other approaches. The extremely light touch involved with the application of CST makes it a safe approach for people of all ages, including children, infants as well as newborns.

How can Craniosacral Therapy help my Chronic Pain?

We find clients with chronic issues tend to have nervous systems which are heightened, this means that they are constantly in fight or flight mode aka Sympathetic state.

What CST does is to bring down this fight or flight mode and help down-regulate the nervous system to go into rest and digest mode aka Parasympathetic state.

In a way, we are retraining and rebooting the nervous system to go back into what it should be doing – regulating the ups and downs of our body systems.

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Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.


Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists (sprains and fractures) and fingers, usually will benefit / require Hand Therapy to

  1. manage and decrease hand pains
  2. improve range of motion, strength and dexterity
  3. increase the function of their hand following injuries or post-operations

Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes


Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.

It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.


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Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and  shorten downtime / recovery period required.

It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance. Having regular deep tissue and sports massage will keep your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.

Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.


All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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