Craniosacral Therapy to Treat Concussions
Craniosacral Therapy is a wonderful tool that I use a lot in my private practice. It is great on its own or in conjunction with acupuncture. One of the things people come to see me for a lot is headaches or post-concussion symptoms. These can be debilitating at times and at best hard to deal with on a day to day basis.
Craniosacral therapy is a form of bodywork that aims to ease tension around the brain and spinal cord using noninvasive touch. A practitioner’s informed hands gently facilitate more mobility and more awareness in the structures surrounding the brain and spine. First-time clients often remark on a deep sense of peace.
The jagged edges of skull bones are living tissue. Membrane lining adheres to the inside of the bone. Like tectonic plates move to accommodate shifting pressures, the bones of the cranium move to the in-and-out flow of fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid is an essential element that feeds brain cells and buffers a head impact. Craniosacral therapists palpate a reliable pulse and name it the craniosacral rhythm. Residue from a physical injury can embed in the body’s tissue and limit this movement. Conversely, the release of a residual pattern can also be felt as a change.
Craniosacral is less about applying force to the body and more about allying with self-correction- supporting the body to correct itself. If the bones had been compressed, for example, we may assist a natural balancing out of the impacts absorbed in connective tissue — helping the body go in the direction it already wants to go. Over the years I’ve learned that the goal is to allow space for the client’s process to unfold, and our clients are our best teachers.