Free services for viral victims

5th May 2017

We have free services tailored to viral meningitis victims, including complementary therapies. Many people tell us these help them greatly in their recovery and we’re pleased to be able to extend these

Viral week blog 5

We’ve teamed up with the Craniosacral Therapy Association (CSTA), who are launching a project on the impact of Craniosacral Therapy in helping to ease the after-effects of viral meningitis.

Among the common after-effects of viral meningitis are exhaustion, headaches, memory loss, anxiety, depression and dizziness/balance problems. Practitioner case studies and recent international CST research, which focused on symptoms similar to these, suggest Craniosacral Therapy could be beneficial to many sufferers.

Insights into benefits

The project is being undertaken to gain further insights into the benefits of using Craniosacral Therapy as a complementary therapy to those experiencing the distressing after-effects from viral meningitis. CSTA are raising £1,800 to offer 10 adults aged 18 plus, who have had viral meningitis in the past five years (formally diagnosed by their GP), six Craniosacral Therapy sessions each, to be conducted once a week.

At Meningitis Now we’re helping to alert potential eligible participants via our helpline and support staff.

If you feel that you, or someone close to you, would benefit from these services and would like to find out more about the criteria for being referred, please call our Helpline on 0808 80 10 388 or email

Gentle way of working 

The pilot study we undertook in 2013 looking at the impact of some complementary therapies following viral meningitis led to the listing of CSTA as a source for finding a registered therapist.

For those of you who haven’t come across it before, the CSTA website explains Craniosacral Therapy as a gentle way of working with the body using a sensitive touch. Some people think it only refers to the head but in fact Craniosacral Therapy works with the whole person and changes may occur in body, mind and spirit during and after sessions. 

When a Craniosacral therapist places their hands lightly on you, they are using them to ‘listen’ to you in much the same way that a counsellor might listen to your words. A feeling that you have been heard in the truest sense of the word is a common experience during and after a Craniosacral session.

We have other services for those fighting back from viral meningitis, including counselling, one-to-one support and home visits. Contact the Helpline on 0808 80 10 388 or to find out more.

Download our Complementary Therapies fact sheet.