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John Jennings

Registered Craniosacral Therapist

Back Pain- Joint Pain - Muscle Strain - Headaches/Migraines - Vertigo – IBS.

Kyrle Street Practice - Kyrle Street - Hereford - HR1 2EU
johnjennings.cst@gmail.com
07392 162292

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy, or CST as it is sometimes called, is a very gentle hands-on approach to releasing tensions from the soft tissue of the body, and restrictions to the cranial bones (head) and the sacrum (the big triangular bone at the base of the spine). The main conditions that I see are back pain, knee pain, shoulder and neck pain - very common, vertigo, trauma and injury from accidents, sports injury etc

The bones mentioned are connected by the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, and with them form what is known as the craniosacral system, which encloses the central nervous system. All of the nerves of the central nervous system have to go through these membranes on their way to and from the brain. Therefore anything that affects this bone/membrane system adversely, could have far reaching effects and is often at the root of such conditions as chronic pain, digestive and respiratory disorders, joint mobility, vertebral disc and jaw problems and much, much more. Many people who have received more robust forms of treatment are a little sceptical of the very light touch of CST.
However their scepticism disappears when they experience the powerful effects that craniosacral therapy can have.. We find that using force can set up a defensive response in the soft tissue which then has to be overpowered. In our view, this has an inhibiting effect on the self healing mechanism and can delay full healing. Many conditions that do not respond well to other forms of treatment are eased or eliminated by craniosacral therapy, which may be why it is one of the fastest growing therapies in the world. Many doctors, nurses, osteopaths and physiotherapists are now training in CST. Because it is so gentle, it is suitable for all ages from new-born to advanced old age. For more information call Mob: 07392 162292

What I treat

Reflux

Reflux is often associated with babies, but adults too, can suffer from that rush up the throat of stomach acid and partly digested food. Many of those who experience heartburn will, at some stage, feel the burning in the oesophagus, and if it happens while sleeping, in the trachea also as the acid finds it's way towards the lungs.

The stomach has a lining that is constantly being replaced that prevents the dilute hydrochloric acid from burning it's way through. But the oesophagus and the trachea do not and can suffer from scarring if the problem goes unresolved and/or happens regularly.

In both babies and adults the cause is much the same. The nerves that supply the stomach, particularly the vagus nerve, are squeezed or impinged in some way. In babies, the birthing process can often result in the head being hyper extended, i.e. being tilted too far back. Sometimes this can result in the joint between the head and the first vertebra being locked putting the surrounding tissue into spasm, and in the process, squeezing the vagus nerve. This can occur even in c-section deliveries.

Adults can experience a similar effect if the head is shot backwards as in a violent tackle from behind in sport or being rear-ended in a car accident, or indeed a nasty fall. The solution lies in finding where the tissue is in spasm and helping the body to gently release it. With babies this can mostly be accomplished in one or two sessions. With adults, depending on the severity and the length of time the problem has been present, it can take several sessions to resolve.

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Vertigo

Vertigo is a type of dizziness which can be accompanied by nausea and visual disturbance. There are several types of vertigo characterized by the symptoms experienced. BPPV or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is usually brief sensations of movement which last from a few seconds to a few minutes. It can be brought on by sudden movement of the head, such as rolling over in bed. Labyrinthitis or Vestibular Neuritis is a type of vertigo that can occur suddenly and can be associated with hearing loss and can last for several days.

Meniers Disease consists of episodes of vertigo which can also be accompanied by ringing in the ears ( tinnitus) and hearing loss. The onset is sudden but there are also periods which are symptom free. Tinnitus type symptoms can also be the result of tumors and other diseases of the head and neck, but these are rare and will usually be accompanied by other symptoms.

All vertigo cases I have treated were as a result of injury or strain to the muscles of the neck, shoulders and upper back, and because many of these muscles attach to the bones of the head, they can pull these out of alignment. There are twenty-two bones that make up the cranium ( head ) which mesh together like teeth or gears. These bones need to be able to move very slightly apart from one another and back again. They do this to allow cerebrospinal fluid to flow around the brain to bring in nutrients and to take away waste products.

The bones can sometimes get jammed together, either from a blow to the head, or by the muscles attaching to them going into spasm and pulling them out of alignment. This can not only affect the spinal nerves in the neck but it can also pull on the membranes attaching to the inside of the bones, impinging on the cranial nerves causing further dysfunction and interfering with the flow of vital fluid.

Craniosacral therapy uses gentle but highly effective techniques to relax the muscles allowing the bones to move back to their normal functional position allowing a good flow of fluid and freeing up the trapped or impinged nerves.

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SomatoEmotional Release

SomatoEmotional Release is the name given to a therapeutic process of releasing from the mind and body emotions that are associated with past trauma and negative experience. If a strong emotion(s) cannot be expressed at the time of the trauma it can be held in the tissue.

Dr John Upledger, an osteopath and professor of bio-mechanics, and bio-physicist Dr Svi Karni carried out research at Michigan State University between 1975-1983, where they found that the energy of physical force and the emotion generated by psychological, physiological or spiritual trauma could become absorbed by the body, rather than discharged. In an effort to limit its disruptive influence on the normal bio-electric activity performing vital tasks, the body walled it off into as small an area as possible. This walled off area became known as an “energy cyst”.

While the body can and does adapt to the forces it is not able to release, this creates extra work for the body, and eventually it will become tired and weakened. Then there comes a time when it is unable to do any more adapting, and pain and dysfunction present as symptoms, sometimes years after the event that caused them.

The aim of an SER session is to gently and holistically rid the mind , body and spirit of the residual effects of negative experience and past trauma, and to gain an insight into how the held trauma is influencing emotional and physical health and wellbeing.

An SER process cannot be initiated by the therapist alone. The client decides when, and how much to reveal to the therapist. Most often this is done at a non-conscious, non-verbal level after the client has gained trust in the therapist. Many times the therapist will be “tested” by being offered relatively mild experiences to see if they are treated with respect before the more pressing issues are presented.

This aspect of craniosacral therapy is not to be confused with clinical psychology. The therapist maintains a hands-on contact with the client to establish areas of walled off energy (energy cysts ) while using gentle dialoguing techniques to assist the client in becoming aware of the focus of the energy and its emotional nature, to feel the emotion and to remember the event.

The memory, together with feeling the emotion is often enough to allow the tissue to soften and let go of this bit of tissue memory and its associated pain.

In addition to craniosacral therapy and SomatoEmotional release, there are other tools that can be used to assist in the healing process. Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue is extremely useful in assisting the non-conscious part of us to communicate with the conscious mind.

In this process pains, tumors and diseases can be engaged in conversation to find out why they have shown up, and what they need the client to do for them to go. Words, images, colours, smells and almost anything that can be imagined can take on a personality to represent some aspect, area or incident that we find to too scary to look at, or acknowledge directly. By talking to this “persona” and getting to know it and what it would like from the client, we can usually negotiate a win-win situation.

This sounds like a children's game, and in many ways it is, but it is something that came naturally to everyone until we were “educated” out of it. Children use their imagination to create an enthralling, magical world that stimulates and enriches their lives.

This gift, which we all still posess, can be used to talk to our fears and phobias, pains, self loathing and sometimes people from our past who have treated us badly. It allows us to desensitize the raw emotions slowly so that we can finally look at the event and process the emotions and let them go.

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Sciatica Treatment

Sciatica is a common condition that, typically, produces pain across the buttocks on one side and down the back of the leg. Sometimes there is numbness and/or tingling in addition to the pain.  It follows the line of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body. This nerve has to pass through or around several muscles in the pelvic cavity, one of which is the piriformis muscle.  Sometimes it passes through the piriformis and sometimes underneath, and sometimes it splits and one part goes through and the other underneath. Either way the piriformis muscle can cause quite a lot of trouble for the sciatic nerve. The reason for this is that this muscle can and does go into spasm quite regularly, particularly in active people in general and sports people in particular.

The main function of the piriformis is to rotate the thigh outwards ( or laterally, as medics like to say), which is something we all do many, many times a day. When it goes into spasm it squeezes the sciatic nerve, which then lets you know about it in the form of pain. Even if it doesn't go through but underneath the piriformis it can still get squeezed between the pitiformis and the adjacent muscles.  The solution is to get the piriformis to relax, thereby taking the pressure off the sciatic nerve. Or sometimes the whole area can be in spasm, so several muscles will need to be treated, but this is usually something that can be resolved in two or three treatments, which most people find a painless and relaxing experience.

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Pelvic Pain – Postnatal and in Pregnancy

Pain anywhere in the pelvis, hips or lower back tends to be classed as pelvic girdle pain. There is also a disorder specific to women, known as Symphysis Pubis Disorder. SPD typically comes on during pregnancy and can be anywhere from mild to severe, sometimes demanding complete bed rest. Mums are told it will clear up after the baby is born, and mostly it does, but not always. In fact, it may be worse, needing crutches or, in some extreme cases, a wheel-chair. Fortunately mid-wives are well informed now and often refer patients for further treatment on leaving hospital. G.P.'s, too, are much more understanding of pelvic girdle pain, particularly after child-birth, and are happy to refer on their patients to people like me for corrective treatment.

There are several possible causes put forward for SPD, including hormonal imbalances, but the truth is that nobody really knows. I believe that women who suffer from SPD during pregnancy are actually experiencing pain from a previous strain to the pelvic floor muscles. This is brought on by the increasing weight of the foetus and the changes that occur to accommodate the delivery, including the softening of the symphysis, the material that makes up the joint in the pubic bones. The baby will have to come through these, already tight, muscles, forcing them apart, and thereby throwing them further into spasm. It is not surprising that the pubic bones will find it difficult, if not impossible, to come back together again when the muscles attaching to them have contracted in spasm.

Birth by c-section will not necessarily eliminate the effects of SPD. If, as I believe, and experience has shown, the cause is previous pelvic muscle strain, then the weight of the foetus and softening of the symphysis will still occur. However the baby will not have to pass through the pelvic floor, though it may have been trying to for some time before the c-section is started. And, of course, c-section or not, the tension will still be there after the birth, unless treated.

Having treated SPD and other pelvic girdle problems for some time, I have found that they all respond to modalities that specifically seek to remove spasm from pelvic floor muscles, and other tissue attaching to the pubic bone and sacrum (the big triangular bone at the base of the spine ) including muscles of the thigh, and the big gluteus muscles forming the buttocks. These groups of muscles are used in bending, lifting, running and jumping, and it comes as no surprise that sports men and women put a strain on these as a matter of course. But you don't have to have a sporting background to be in pain in the pelvic area. Anyone doing hard physical work ( or work-out ) or who has had a fall, or has been involved in a car accident can end up with pelvic girdle pain.

The scenario with men does not involve babies ( yet ! ) but the same principle applies. Men have the same muscles as women and they are subject to the same strains that result in those muscles going into spasm. The symphysis doesn't soften in men and therefore is not likely to separate, but the sacrum can be pulled forward, inducing a strain that can run up the back, possibly affecting the spinal nerves on the way. The treatment I employ for both men and women is essentially the same and works well for SPD; release the tension in the affected muscles, allowing them to lengthen to their normal position and the bones will return to their place, eliminating pain and restoring normal function. All done in a gentle, relaxing way, that makes for a pleasant experience.

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Whiplash Neck Pain

Whiplash is the name given to a particular form of neck injury that is quite often, but not always, associated with Road Traffic Accidents or RTA's as they tend to be called. It can occur anytime the head is shot backward then forward again, in the action of a whip being cracked, hence the name.

The muscles of the neck are strained, and sometimes the vertabrae are dislocated, resulting in pain and dysfunction. It's not unusual for other parts of the back to be affected. The car, being hit from behind, propells the seat-back into the occupants back, forcing the normal backwards curve of the spine in the centre of the back to straighten, forcing the opposite curves to the neck and lower back to straighten also.

Unless the vertabrae are realigned and the tension taken out of the muscles and other soft tissue, whiplash injuries can keep reappearing as unexplained neck and back pain for years, possibly decades until recognised for what they are and treated accordingly.

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Migraine or Headache

When does a headache become a migraine? Or do headaches migrate into something that is more severe?  Well, we all know when we have a headache; take a couple of paracetomol and it goes away. But headache pills won't usually have much effect on migraines. That is because the causes are quite different and so are the symptoms.

That is not to say that you can't have a headache component to your migraine, which will respond to medication, but the symptoms of migraines will not. So what are the symptoms? They vary from person to person, but sensitivity to light and sound accompanied by nausea and vomiting are common.

There is uncertainty about the cause. Certain foods and drinks are common triggers, and so is stress. Sufferers are advised to note what they have consumed for the twentyfour hours before an attack. After several migraines you may get certain foods showing up regularly, which can then be avoided. It is thought by many that food allergies and sensitivities contribute to the predisposition for migraines, and yet others think that heredity plays a part, particularly from the mother, as more women are affected than men.

Migraine usually affects one side of the head, and is thought by some authorities to be neurovascular in origin, that is, affecting the nerve and blood supply, particularly to the head. It is believed that the trigeminal nerve in particular is affected. All of the foregoing makes migraines quite difficult to treat effectively. Having said that,  I have had considerable success in alleviating, and in many cases, eliminating migraine completely with craniosacral therapy. I believe this is because craniosacral therapy works with the membranes that surround the central nervous system where it can find and release areas of tension that are impinging on nerve supply, and release areas of soft tissue that may be hypertonic, giving improved nerve, lymph and blood flow.

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IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The chances are that if you suffer from constipation or diarrhoea, you don’t talk about it. The state of your bowels is not a  subject you would casually drop into a lull in the conversation. This is probably the reason why nobody knows for sure just how many people suffer from recurrent bowel problems.  It is thought to range from 20-30 per cent of the population, affecting twice as many women as men. Most people will experience the odd bout of “dickey” tummy; the cause can usually be put down to over indulgence in food that the stomach is not accustomed to. These occurrences quite often happen on foreign holidays, sometimes at home too, but at least the reason is known. If it happens on a regular basis, with a normal diet, it tends to be known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. (A syndrome is a group of symptoms connected with a particular disease or condition.)

In IBS the symptoms can range from so mild as to be almost unnoticed, to excruciatingly painful and embarrassing. It can leave some house-bound for days or even weeks at a time.  Next to the common cold, it is the highest cause of absenteeism among the working population.

The symptoms typically alternate between diarrhoea and constipation, with stomach cramps, bloating and wind. Abdominal pain from mild to severe is usual, which sometimes eases with opening the bowels, passing wind or eating, and sometimes worsens. With many the pain recurs at a particular time of day, bringing the urgent need to open the bowel. The stools can vary from loose and watery to hard pellets. If the main problem is diarrhoea it is because food passes through the digestive system faster than normal.  Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting and indigestion. There can also be associated problems such as back and groin pain, disturbed sleep, the urgent need to urinate, which can sometimes be painful. In women, pain during sexual intercourse and painful periods are not uncommon.

IBS has probably been around for as long as man (and woman) but until relatively recently it has been ignored by the medical profession. At best it was put down as “psychosomatic”, or “all in the mind.” Although doctors now accept that it exists they don’t really knows what causes it; medical tests do not reveal abnormalities, which makes finding a cure next to impossible. It is classified as a functional disorder, which is to say, that although they can’t find anything wrong, the gut is not working as it should be.

Food is moved along the gut through muscular contractions (propulsion), followed by a hold-up (segmentation). The combination of these two alternating in cycles is called peristalsis. You would be unaware of this under normal conditions. Peristalsis is activated by the nervous system acting on the muscles of the bowel wall. The process involves the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is also present in the brain, but about 95% of it is in the bowel. The serotonin has to transfuse across a small gap between the nerve end and special receptors in the muscle. The exact process is not completely understood, but it is thought that the serotonin receptors may not be functioning properly in IBS sufferers.

In the majority of sufferers there is a combination of psychological and physical factors. Many can trace the on-set of symptoms to an important life event, such as moving house, divorce, loss of job or bereavement. All of these can be times of elevated stress levels. Anxiety and depression are also known to be contributing factors, and frequently a part of the life events mentioned above. In some, the symptoms follow a severe bout of gastroenteritis.  The first occurrence is usually between the age 18-35, and most think that it is happening to only them.

Diagnosis is by the symptoms. Tests carried out by your doctor are usually to eliminate serious conditions that have the same or similar symptoms. Knowing that you are not suffering from a life threatening disease is, in itself, a relief of part of the problem. Doctors will reassure you that your condition is unlikely to progress to cancer or other nasty disease as a matter of course. IBS is painful, possibly embarrassing and might wreck your social life, but it is not life threatening.

Once the diagnosis has been confirmed, your doctor can offer a range of pharmaceutical drugs that will alleviate the symptoms, but will do nothing to eliminate the cause because, of course, they don’t know what that is. However that need not be the end; there is quite a lot that you can do for yourself. The first and obvious thing is to eliminate the foods that cause you problems. These will include hot and spicy dishes, so often tried for the first time on holiday, sometimes by default as we don’t know exactly what we are ordering. Fried or greasy food and alcohol and coffee, too, feature high on the list of known irritants. Whole meal bread, and any cereal with bran, will likely cause problems. Bran is probably the best known dietary fibre that we are all encouraged to eat because roughage is good for us. Not for the IBS sufferer. It has no nutritional value and is used as a bulking and scouring agent in the gut to ensure you have regular bowel movements. White bread, freshly baked, without additives and “improvers” if possible, will add soluble fibre to absorb fluid and bulk out the stools without compacting them. Fruit and vegetables will also help in this area, as well as providing essential nutrients. It would be wise to keep a diary of what you eat and whether it has a soothing or irritating effect on your bowel. You could also include those things that cause you to become stressed or emotionally up-tight. Once you have discovered all the known irritants, the diary can be discontinued.
Exercise can benefit everyone, but more so the IBS sufferer. Exercise aids digestion, lifts the spirits and encourages the elimination of toxins. It strengthens the heart, improves lung function and increases bone density. It creates a healthy tiredness which leads to a good night’s sleep. Not a bad return for the energy expended. When you are fit everything functions better, including your bowel .Walking is an excellent exercise; it can be done anywhere and does not require special equipment, except appropriate shoes.

It appears that most working people do not even take the full time that is allowed for lunch. Many do not leave their desk or continue to work while eating. Such a policy does not lead to greater productivity, quite the reverse. It is important to take adequate rest and recreation; to recharge the inner, if not the outer, person. So get out at lunch time. There is probably a park or at least a square with a few trees within reach of most people. Trees give off oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide; no wonder we feel better in the countryside! You will go back to your work with more energy and get more done. When you get home in the evening resist the temptation to flop out in front of the TV. Get out into the fresh air; go walking or jogging or simply lie down in the grass and watch the clouds go by. It will not be time wasted; you will start to feel that stress oozing out of you. Stress, remember, is a primary component of IBS.

Complementary medicine has a lot to offer the IBS sufferer. Herbal teas, such as chamomile and peppermint, have been used for hundreds of years to calm and soothe the digestive tract. Valerian and St. John’s Wort, likewise, have been employed to relieve stress and depression, but please do not self medicate. Just because these are classified as herbs does not mean that they are always safe for everyone. If you are pregnant, suffering from other conditions or on medication these and other herbs may be harmful. Therefore it is wise to consult a qualified medical herbalist, who will take a full medical history before prescribing herbs that will not harm you or interfere with medication from your doctor.

Hypnotherapy and acupuncture have both been cited by IBS sufferers to be beneficial in bringing about relaxation. Meditation and Yoga help to stop tension getting into the system.  From my own experience Craniosacral Therapy is very effective. Its aim is to bring about relaxation of the deep connective tissue. This stress induced tension can have a profound effect on the way your gut operates, restricting peristalsis and squeezing your intestines. . Most people report a reduction or absence of symptoms after a few treatments.

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Craniosacral and Babies

The task of putting in an appearance in this world is not always easy from the baby's perspective. Think about it; there you are, warm, comfortable with all your needs met, when suddenly you are being projected down a very tight tube, your head a battering ram, with forces of up to twenty-six pounds per square inch pushing you further into the unknown. Used to floating around at will, you are now held fast in a vice-like grip and there is a lot of screaming going on. You could be in this position for several hours; panic sets in, what’s going on?

The journey from the womb to mom's arms can be quite an emotional one because of all the changes taking place so quickly, or sometimes not so quickly, in the case of prolonged labour. Thankfully Baby will have no conscious memory of this after it’s all over, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t had an effect. Fortunately most babies come through the ordeal unscathed; mothers have been perfecting the process for millions of years, but some do have problems as a result. These may show straight away as colic, resistance to suckling, constipation or diarrhoea. Regurgitating food, and an inability to settle or sleep for very long can also be a result.

There are also some problems that only become apparent after some time. The head may not move to one side, or one arm or leg may not move as much as the other. Possibly the most distressing for the parent is the endless crying for no discernible reason. Later still, learning difficulties may come to light.

The problems are very often a result of the soft tissue being strained or put in tension. Sometimes the bones of the skull can become jammed together or in severe cases become overlapped, resulting in pain and/or breathing difficulties. The birthing process may not always be the reason for some of these problems; they could have developed during the pregnancy.

Some babies move around a lot more than others, and in doing so quite often leave an arm or a leg behind in an awkward position, bringing about strain. These tensions in the connective tissue can result in many problems that will carry forward into adolescence and adulthood unless diagnosed and treated. Fortunately the process is usually done quickly and easily by a Craniosacral Therapist. This is gentle and non-invasive, involving extremely light touch techniques to find and release restrictions, and restore normal function. Two or three treatments usually clears up most problems. Treatment can begin any time after birthing is complete, but can be done at any age, but the sooner the better, for all concerned.

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Asthma

“Make hay while the sun shines” is a well known saying, meaning, take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves. Although the hay making season has passed, for many people it is a time of misery rather than opportunity.For the asthma sufferer it can make life unbearable and has the potential to be terminal.

Even after an attack the lungs and muscles will remain inflamed, leaving them susceptible to any airborne irritants. They also tend to produce more mucus which will also tend to obstruct the airways. It is not known, in medical circles, what causes asthma, or why some people suffer from hay fever and others sail through the summer without so much as a sniff.red to be a chronic inflammatory condition of the lungs and airways. The symptoms are tightness in the chest, shortness of breath and wheezing. These can often be worse on lying down, particularly at night.

In an asthma attack there is a sudden tightening of the bands that surround the airways. This slows the air going out of the lungs, leaving them half full when the next in breath is taken. The extra air going into the lungs then produces pain and tightness in the chest. Not enough oxygen can get to the blood because the air in the lungs is stale, causing breathlessness.

The orthodox treatment concentrates on suppressing the symptoms; antihistamines for hay fever and steroid inhalers for asthma. It’s a classic case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, but what else can they do? Craniosacral practitioners, who believe in getting to the root cause, and treating that, rather than the symptoms think they know the answer to the problem. Craniosacral Therapy claims considerable success with asthma sufferers, both children and adults.

The problem, they believe, is abnormal tension in certain areas of body tissue, particularly in the pelvic and abdomen as well as the chest. This tension interferes with the nerves to the respiratory system causing them to malfunction, which produces the typical symptoms of tight chest and narrow airways. Some of these muscles also connect, or interface, with the respiratory diaphragm causing restriction.

The tension can develop through accidents, other illnesses and fevers, scar tissue from operations and emotional issues. It can happen as early as the birthing process which can be quite traumatic for the baby. Remove the tension and the symptoms disappear. Craniosacral Therapists claim considerable clinical evidence to support this treatment.

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Back Pain

Craniosacral Therapy looks at how the seat of pain is not always the cause. Back pain is probably the most common reason for absenteeism from work. It affects most people at some time or another as a result of strain or accident, but when it occurs regularly, for no apparent reason, it can be annoying to say the least, and is often incapacitating for days or weeks at a time. And it is not only men who suffer, though they are in the majority. If it isn’t severe enough to warrant a visit to the doctor, most people treat it with pain killers or anti inflamatory drugs, and rest. This course of treatment is most likely what the doctor would prescribe in most instances anyway, though physiotherapy may also be advised.

Of course there can be obvious reasons for an aching back, such as a fall or lifting something too heavy, but often the onset happens when something innocuous is being done such as getting out of the car; turning round to talk to someone or bending down to pick up something. Mostly, that is not when the damage is done. It can have happened months, years and in some cases decades previously. What seems to happen when body tissue is damaged is that it goes into tension, or splints, in an effort to prevent further damage. As healing takes place that tension releases, the soreness and pain goes away and we forget about it. Except sometimes not all of the tension is released. There remains an underlying tenseness which may be only slight, causing no problem until the normal range of movement is exceeded to a certain degree. When that happens, that particular piece of tissue splints, or goes into spasm again.

It is this underlying tension that accounts for unexplained recurrent pain in the back, neck and shoulders. Quite often the cause is put down to “wear and tear,” arthritis or degeneration of the bone. These conditions may be present but they are usually accompanied by tension in the deep connective tissue which, when released, results in a marked improvement or cessation of the symptoms. I say symptoms because experience has shown that if tension has been present over a number of years there will also be other conditions such as constipation, IBS and sciatica and many more ailments, the reason for which cannot readily be explained.

The big question is how to deal with this underlying tension. There are probably many techniques that will help to a greater or lesser degree but Craniosacral Therapy is the only hands-on process that I know of that locates areas of tension and helps your body release them in a non invasive and painless way.

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