Shadowing a Doctor

May 20, 2015

Gap Medics students getting excited for their hospital placements! Craniosacral therapists specialise in using the feeling of touch to listen the body’s movements and rhythms. They help improve their patient’s health and well-being by using hand manipulation to release the tension trapped in the body. Patients could range from babies to elderly people.

Inside A Craniosacral Therapist’s Clinic

During a session, the patient has to lie down. The therapist then touches different areas of the body in order to determine the natural pulsations and energy movement. Usually the head, spine and the sacrum are felt in order to sense these movements. However, it may not be restricted exclusively to these areas.

Once the problem areas have been identified, the therapist then tries to ease any tense spots by using different levels of touch to get rid of any abnormal fluctuations. Clients feel extremely relaxed during these sessions and experience a general feeling of well-being as the tension in the body is released.

The number of sessions per patient will vary based on the problem that they suffer from as well as the kind of treatment that is needed. On an average, each session lasts for about half an hour. If the patient is seeking long term treatment, one or two sessions per week are usually prescribed.

A number of patients prefer to go in for craniosacral therapy to deal with on-going problems such as stress, chronic pains, musculoskeletal disorders and emotional difficulties.

In addition to the direct treatment, a craniosacral therapist also has a number of other responsibilities. These include listening to clients and taking down all important information, maintaining detailed medical histories of all patients and regularly updating their records.

Being approachable, friendly and earning the trust of their patients are vital qualities for anyone considering this field.

Education & Training Requirements

There are a few schools in the UK that have accredited courses for this field. These courses usually take one or two years to complete. The training includes a combination of theory, practical sessions, visualisations, demonstrations and other practical work experience.

Job Opportunities and Salary Expectations

This is an excellent career path to consider if you are looking for a healthcare specialty that allows you to work independently and maintain a flexible schedule.  As a craniosacral therapist you would usually work independently. You could start your own clinic from a room in your house, hire an exclusive clinic or start a healthcare facility with other partners. You could also choose to do home visits. You have the liberty to see as many or as few patients as you like depending on your goals and other personal commitments.

Because of the flexibility inherent in this profession, there is no exact way to determine how much you could earn in this field. Most professionals run their own practices so your income will depend on how many patients you have a day, how many days of the week you work, the average per-session cost in your area and other factors. However, most therapists charge between £25 and £70 per session of therapy.

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Gap Medics provides year-round hospital work experience for people aged 16 and over. Our shadowing placements offer a unique insight into the work of doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists – helping students to focus their career aspirations before embarking upon medical training.