Frequently Asked Questions – Treatments

Posted 11/10/13 by Malcolm Hiort and filed under:

Malcolm combines techniques such as remedial massage, craniosacral, gentle joint release, shiatsu, Bowen and lomi massage to effectively treat all of the different tissues types in the body and head.
The effect of mobilising and aligning the pelvis and spine, loosening the back and ribcage, and the shoulder girdle and neck lower down in the body, means that the combined causes of cranial symptoms that originate there are addressed, as well as specialised head work to reduce cranial strains.
Short leg syndrome is often involved as an underlying cause.
Feel free to call me on 0416 846940 or (Melbourne 03) 9417 7375 to discuss your circumstances or if you need further information.



I have been teaching this Craniofascial Therapy syllabus since 1992 and have been practising with insurance cover since 1980.

I hold a Graduate Diploma of Healing Therapies from Victoria University, a Diploma of Arts from (now) Deakin University, a Dip Rem Mass, Cert IV Mass, Cert IV Workplace Assess & Tr, Combined Cert Tactile Th, Cert Adv Shiatsu and numerous other trade qualifications over 30 years.


Time, cost, payment

Treatment sessions are usually for one hour
$95 (concession available)
Longer and shorter appointments are available, please enquire

Insurance rebates

Malcolm is accredited for Remedial Massage with all Private Health Insurance providers

Contact your insurer for details, as the amount of rebate varies


Sense organ dysfunction and cranial symptoms

The bones and fascia of the head house and service the specialised sense organs of balance, hearing, smell, taste and sight with the physiological requirements for each organ.

Nerve function, blood circulation and fluid dynamics are adversely affected by structural distortion and strain.
Cranial therapy can be highly effective when an adverse correlation between structural mobility and symptoms is found and corrected.
Normalising cranial structure can improve function and alleviate symptoms. Each case is unique.

Read information about glaucoma here.


Short-leg syndrome

This is a controversial topic. Many studies investigating leg length exist, the key finding being a 300% discrepancy between ‘health population’ subjects; and ‘normal subjects’.

Between 65% and 75% of ‘health population’ subjects have one leg anatomically shorter.

As our clients constitute this health population, the implication is that at least two-thirds of clients will have an anatomic short leg. Why this fact is not common knowledge amongst therapists is unfortunate.

While not all clients will benefit from a corrective heel lift or orthotics of different heights, some cases result in permanent significant improvement where the syndrome is neutralised. Relevant testimonials will be added to our Testmonials post over time.


Short RIGHT Leg

A startling and significant clinical finding first observed in 1987, is that many clients have a true anatomic short leg, and that almost every one of these cases involves only the right leg being short. Anatomic short left leg has been noted in some subjects but is rare. This is a controversial area.

Short leg syndrome, whether or not an anatomically short leg is involved often leads to postural compensation higher up in the body if the pelvis does not compensate adequately. Over time, decades with some clients, this process gets camouflaged and embedded.

Please see a separate post, Short Right Leg, for more information


Jaw realignment needed for severe slanting causing discomfort as well as asymmetry in the face.

“Although very obvious, I have CT scans showing this. I was wondering if you have treated people in the past with the same or similar symptoms with positive results? I am looking to achieve more balance and symmetry, as well as alleviate discomfort.”

I have treated lots of people with jaw /TMJ issues in the past. The results vary quite a bit, depending on the cause(s) and how much treatment is given. Does your jaw displace to the right? (that is the common pattern)

The alignment/mobility of the temporal bone on each side is critical, as there is a hollow (fossa) that the condyle of the jaw sits in.

If the fossae are misaligned then the jaw will be too. This is where only cranial therapy can help (in my opinion).

There are also other factors lower down in the body that contribute also. The jaw sometimes follows the postural compensation of the body as it copes with an anatomically short leg (see Neck alignment, the positioning of the head in relation to the neck, and spinal issues are often involved as well.


Aggravation possible?

Treatment is unpredictable. Client responses are better managed over time as feedback regarding symptoms from clients, and understanding client tissue tone and patterns from the therapist’s palpation are gained.

Existing client conditions and symptoms present the obvious example, but sometimes underlying kinetic issues, typically earlier body trauma or patterns of restriction, can surface during treatment, be recapitulated and resolved.
Interpreting the aggravation is important as many factors such as improved client activity or pain thresholds can be involved.

Read a testimonial that mentions aggravation.


What are the benefits of treatment? See Benefits of Craniofascial Therapy
What techniques and other therapies are integrated into the treatments? See Treatments