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Craniosacral Therapy

women's hands on neckOffered by our physical therapist, Karen Chouinard and billable as physical therapy, CranioSacral Therapy uses light touch to release tension in the soft tissues, align the bones, and balance the nervous system. Once these restrictions are removed the body is able to self-correct and return to its natural state of wellness.

CranioSacral Therapy is an effective technique for relieving:

  • neck and back pain
  • sciatica
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • headaches and migraines
  • shoulder and arm pain
  • concussion symptoms
  • chronic orthopedic conditions that haven’t gotten better with traditional treatment
  • stress induced patterns of tightness in the body
  • digestive concerns
  • vertigo & tinnitus

Experiencing CranioSacral Therapy

During a CranioSacral Therapy session the client is fully clothed and in most cases treated lying on their back.  The therapist lightly places their hands on the body assessing the craniosacral rhythm of the fluid in the central nervous system and feeling for areas of restriction in the joints, organs, and fascia.  Gentle manual techniques are then used to release any restrictions found.  The areas treated are based on the assessment findings, can be anywhere on the body, and may be near or far from the area the client is experiencing symptoms.

What each client experiences during and after a session is highly individual.  Most clients report feeling deeply relaxed during a session with a resulting reduction in pain and improvement in mobility immediately following treatment.  Some clients will also be able to sense the deep unwinding of restrictions in their body and may experience a change in their breathing pattern or a muscle twitch as the body releases tension.

Length of Visits

The initial session is one hour. At this first visit, Karen will complete a full assessment along with treatment as indicated. Follow up visits are ideally 60 minutes for adults and 30-45 minutes for children, but can, of course, be customized to meet your needs.


“The CranioSacral experience was wonderful. I felt completely and totally relaxed.  You could feel the tension leaving your body” – U of A nurse

“I now have less headaches.  After each session I feel one step closer to wellness” – 60 year old administrative assistant

“Excellent pain reduction from arthritis in shoulders and back” – Retired client with osteoarthritis

CranioSacral Therapy Spruce Grove | (780) 571-3536