5 May 2014

Craniosacral therapy for headaches

This is a bit of feedback I received on Friday from a client who sent her daughter-in-law to see me for some craniosacral therapy seven weeks ago.  She had been a history of headaches but in the last three to four months they had been debilitating and nothing had been helping.  She had tried taking aspirin occasionally (didn't want to take too many pain meds); chiropractic and osteopathic treatment gave limited relief - usually the headache would go away for a day then return.


Headaches (Photo courtesy google images)

We spoke about her symptoms and how craniosacral therapy (CST) could help her in theory, but that we wouldn't know until we tried how she would react and if it would be beneficial.  I assured her that at least I could promise that she'd feel relaxed at the end of the treatment, the rest was unknown.

When I work with CST, I start by releasing horizontal restrictions, or diaphragms, in three areas - the pelvic area (which is really the area between the hip bones), the abdominal diaphragm (the area around the breathing diaphragm, just under the ribs) and up at the top of the chest just below the collar bones.  Her abdominal diaphragm felt very restricted to me, as if she wasn't able to get a good, deep breath, so I asked her to breathe into the area and visualise it releasing.  Interestingly, after the treatment she said that she'd had part of her liver out and since then had found it difficult to breath (she hadn't mentioned this when I was taking her history).  She generally felt more restricted on the left side of her head and when I mentioned that she confirmed her headaches are generally on the left and behind the eye.  She did feel much more relaxed after the session.

After the treatment I left it to her to see how she felt and get back to me for a follow up.  I hadn't heard back until Friday when her mother-in-law said, "by the way, I meant to tell you, my daughter-in-law said the day after her treatment she had a really bad headache, but she realised recently that she hadn't had any since"!

That to me is the best result - weeks later, suddenly realising you're not in pain.  Ah, the power of subtle work.

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