Craniosacral Therapy and Neurofunctional Acupuncture


Yonina (Nina) Chernick, BA Kinesiology '87 from  the University of Western Ontario and the University of British Columbia, trained at Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy and opened private practices in both London and Guelph in 1991.  Since then, she has studied CranioSacral Therapy, latterly training as an instructor and a Techniques Level examiner for the Upledger Institute. With Diplomat Certification achieved in 2000, she teaches  courses in both North America and abroad, to professionals from all areas of the  Health Care field. Yonina is also a graduate of the McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program, and integrates this unique neurological approach into her practice. Returning to her sports roots, she has worked with athletes competing at the provincial, national and international levels.  Presently in  London, Canada, she treats infants, children and adults seeking help with chronic and acute pain, concussions and sports injuries, neurological problems, learning and developmental issues, facial and oral dysfunction. 

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle manual technique that can be used to address limitations in movement and dysfunction involving pain.  Therapeutically it can also be used to help with autonomic dysfunction which may present as agitation, inability to relax, problems with sleep and digestion.  All areas of the body may be addressed along with the head and spine.

CranioSacral Therapy for Infants is an appropriate manual approach to help with feeding and sleeping issues, torticollis, plagiocephaly and post-frenectomy.

CranioSacral Therapy for Children is often used to treat injuries, pre and post-surgically, sleeping, eating and digestive issues.  This manual approach may also be helpful with restrictions that contribute to learning and behavioural difficulties, eye movement and focus.

Concussion injury may affect function in several areas  including the neck, the balance system(vestibular) and movement of the eyes(occulomotor).  Along with a thorough assessment, CranioSacral Therapy can be a valuable part of addressing headaches and the myriad of symptoms which keep people from returning to school, work and play. 

Neurofunctional Acupuncture is a form of acupuncture using solid, sterile needles and electricity to help modulate the nervous system.  This approach can be used to address muscles that have been inhibited by overuse or injury.  It can also be used in the treatment of chronic pain by increasing function allowing people to be more active.

Therapist with:
Western Women’s Rugby 2012-2016
Western Women’s Hockey 2015-2016
Western Men’s Hockey 2015-2016