We are so excited to welcome Brigitta to Epione Health! Brigitta will be offering Cranial Sacral Therapy at our clinic.
What is Cranial Sacral Therapy?
Our central nervous system, brain and spinal cord, is interconnected to the Cranial Sacral system, the membranes and fluid that bathe, protect and nourish our brain and spinal cord.
The therapist assesses for restrictions and facilitates tissue release to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve circulation to the underlying tissues. This gentle, hand-on therapy is performed over the clothing. Through light touch of the Cranial Sacral system deep tissues can be accessed and self-healing of the tissues can be enhanced.
Some of the most conditions Cranial Sacral Therapy is used to address:
Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia
Stress, anxiety and depression are rampant in today's society. Not only in in adults but children and teenagers as well. Cranial Sacral therapy can be beneficial for all age groups. As Craniosacral therapy works directly on the nervous system, it is an excellent non-invasive way to reduce tension and stress in the body and create a sense of peace,
Craniosacral techniques were studied and published in 2011 in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine – “157 patients received Upledger CranioSacral Therapy (UCST) treatments for a variety of reasons, including for headaches and migraines, neck and back pain, and anxiety and depression. 74% of these patients reported a ‘valuable improvement in their presenting problem,’ 67% reported an improvement in general well-being and secondary symptoms tied to pain or chronic stress, and 70% were able to decrease their medication use or discontinue use altogether. ” In another study, researchers found that mixed LTMT, including craniosacral therapy, reduced anxiety symptoms in US service members struggling with chronic PTSD.
Clients also report improved sleep due to improvements in mood, reduced stress and reduced tension.
Headaches, Migraines and TMJ
Mental-emotional stress and tension in the jaw, neck and upper back are some of the most common causes of headaches and migraines. Previous trauma to the head and neck, such as whiplash injuries and concussions, as well as extensive or aggressive dental work can create misalignments in the cranial vault leading to episodic or chronic pain. In a 2012 trial CranioSacral Therapy was shown to decrease migraine headache hours, intensity and pain medication use. CranioSacral therapy can help regulate the Central Nervous System to decrease your stress, increase circulation to facilitate tissue healing and gently release restrictions in the tissues of your head, neck and shoulders. Clients often report feeling decreased pressure, more mobility, and more relaxed after a treatment.
Back pain is one of the most common chronic conditions in Canada, with up to 80% of adults experiencing at least once episode of back pain in their lifetime. CranioSacral Therapy can normalize Central Nervous System (CNS) activity, which in chronic pain, is in a state of increased sympathetic activation. Shifting the CNS into the parasympathetic mode allows the body to enter into rest, digest and repair mode. CranioSacral Therapy techniques are used to free restrictions in the fascia and the nerve roots allowing for increased blood flow, which facilitates your body's ability to heal your tissues.
Growing a human is no easy feat! The changes and compensations that take place in your body on a daily basis can almost be taken for granted as it accommodates this little being taking up real estate inside of you. Your organs are asked to relocate, your respiratory and pelvic diaphragms experience increased pressure, and as your belly grows it places strain on your lower back. CranioSacral Therapy can help release facial tensions as your organs move, improves blood flow to the lower back and abdomen to ease discomfort, and supports the Central Nervous System in feeling relaxed which can all support optimal fetal positioning.
Post Concussion Symptoms
A concussion is both a physical trauma, requiring a large amount of force to enter your body and a metabolic trauma as neurons, the nerve cells, in your brain stretch and sheer disrupting the delicate balance of chemicals in the brain and initiating an inflammatory cascade. The most common post concussion symptoms experienced are headache, brain fog and sleep problems. CranioSacral Therapy works to gently restore alignment to the structures that absorbed that initial force, increase circulation to your tissues to facilitate healing and shift your body into the parasympathetic, the rest & digest, state allowing self healing to occur. Most individuals report sleeping better, experiencing clearer thinking and a decrease in headaches and neck pain.
Surgeries, whether planned or unplanned, large or small, create stress physically, mentally and emotionally. Our tissues are constantly being turned over and surgeries ask us to repair more than what we normally would in a short period of time. Our brilliant body does this through scar tissue, which is a disorganized, overcompensation of tissue being laying down, often leading to adhesions. There has been fascinating research that when we experience emotional stress, the release of stress hormones and messengers in our body impacts the new tissue that is being laid down, leading to adhesions within our tissues. Adhesions, not only limit the immediate tissue, but also ask the body to compensate in other areas. These compensations often go unnoticed until they become an area of dysfunction. It is not uncommon for individuals to come in complaining of shoulder pain or back pain that originates from an abdominal surgery such as a c-section or appendix removal. CranioSacral Therapy works to gently release these adhesions, increase circulation to the tissues to facilitate healing and allow the body to return to a more normal functional pattern.
This is not a complete list of conditions that would benefit from Cranial Sacral Therapy. If you are curious if Cranial Sacral therapy is right for you, email us at email@example.com.