You may have seen in the news last week that Lady Gaga has been advised to cancel the remaining dates of her tour due to severe pain from her Fibromyalgia. Lots of the papers are talking about what can help, namely medication, talking therapies, meditation and yoga. We have not seen one yet that talks about CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and the benefits and reduction in symptoms that can be achieved from this therapy.
For lots of people this is the first time they will have even heard the name Fibromyalgia. However for fellow Fibro sufferers a lot of the symptoms described will be all too familiar:
- increased sensitivity to pain
- fatigue/ extreme tiredness)
- muscle stiffness
- difficulty sleeping
- problems with mental processes (known as “fibro-fog”) – such as problems with memory and concentration
- digestive complaints
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but it’s thought it may be related to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain and changes in the way the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) processes pain messages carried around the body.
It’s also suggested that some people may inherit it (from parents) through their genes.
In many cases, the condition appears to be triggered by a physically or emotionally stressful event.
Having such a high profile celebrity speak out about the condition however can only be a good thing to raise it’s profile, help raise awareness and prompt further research. We need to get the word to her that she should go get some CranioSacral Therapy.
What is CranioSacral Therapy (CST)?
It is a very gentle, relaxing ‘hands on’ treatment which works with your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
It does this by affecting the central nervous system encouraging it to assist in improving function within the whole body.
What happens during a CST treatment?
Treatment takes place with you lying fully clothed usually on your back. The treatment position can be adapted however if you are unable to lie in this position.
Treatment may start at the feet or the head as part of an evaluation in order to work out where your body needs the therapist to start.
The therapist will apply a 5 gram pressure to release and redirect the fascia (connective tissue) of your body. This will intern improve the movement within the CranioSacral system thus releasing tight structures and promote your bodies healing process. CST techniques influence movement and coordination, pain pathways, the digestive system, the respiratory system, heart function, the endocrine system… potentially the majority of the body systems.
Treatments usually last 45 minutes.
What can CST help with?
Because CST is working with the whole of your body there are many problems it can help with.
Some examples are:
– Chronic (long standing) pain
– TMJ (Jaw) problems
– Low energy levels, Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Benefits of CST
The benefits of CST are:
– An increased sense of relaxation
– An improvement of symptoms
– Reduced stress
– A change in behaviour patterns
– An improvement to psychological issues
– A reduction in the effects of trauma
Sharon Smith (MCSP, HCPC, AACP) is a Chartered Physiotherapist with 16 years experience and is based at Sunderland Physiotherapy Clinic.
Sharon has a special interest in soft tissue release and is qualified in both Myofascial Release (MFR) and Craniosacral Therapy.
Her area of expertise is the treatment of spinal and pelvic disorders, Women’s Health and CranioSacral Therapy. She was trained in CranioSacral Therapy at The Upledger Intitute UK.
To book an appointment with Sharon or ask a question about CST please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 548 3388.
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