Craniosacral Therapy for Chronic Neck Pain and Concussion

Craniosacral Therapy for the Chronic Neck Pain and Concussion

The effectiveness of craniosacral treatment on health outcomes has been shown for a number of chronic pain syndromes.

CST(Craniosacral Therapy)   was shown to be specifically effective and safe in reducing neck pain intensity and may improve the functional disability and the quality of life. Particularly in chronic and recurrent neck painit seems to be very efficient.

CST (Craniosacral Therapy ) may be a worthwhile treatment option in addition to standard medical care .Although Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is not a panacea for all post-concussion symptoms, but it can be a powerful adjunct to the care of individuals whose lives and those of their families have been severely phisycal altered as a result of these symptoms.

Success has been reported clinically by advanced practitioners of CST.

Documented results in pilot studies have garnered interest by professional medical researchers.

What is concussion?

Concussion is the result of the head hitting an object or a moving object hits the head. Concussion can also occur when the head and neck are subjected to violent movements without directly contacting an object. This can occur during a whiplash type of injury. In this instance, it is referred to as a contrecoup injury in which the brain is thrown against the inside of the cranium. This force then moves the brain toward the opposite side of the skull resulting in another forceful contact. Repeated hits resulting in concussion such as athletes participating in football and soccer can lead to a cumulative development of symptomology.

Craniosacral Therapy aims to relieve fascial tension inside the skull, but also through the dural tube that begins from the Foramen Magnum level to the sacred bone.

Restricted cranial bone movement reflects not only sutural restrictions, but also restrictions in the underlying meninges attaching to the bone. CST techniques address both types of limitations in mobility. By removing these fascial tensions from within the skull, and rendering the mobility of the cranial bones, it will slowly and steadily return to the normalization of their mobility, which will easily allow brain production and reabsorption

of the spinal cerebral fluid(LCR) and thus a good fluency and mobility of this fluid inside the meninges .

What is cerebrospinal (LCR)fluid and how can it be affected by concussions?

Concussion affects the structures of the nervous system including the glial cells which are the glue or supporting matrix of the structures of the brain. This glial matrix, although of different embryonic origin than the fascia, shares some similar functions. The extracellular fluid matrix transports nutritive substances and removes waste products as well as information via micro biochemical substances. Disturbances of this fluid may inhibit communication between various parts of the brain. The glial cells extend all the way out to the cortical layer of the brain via the glial end feet. These end feet connect directly to the pia mater which is a shrink wrap-like layer for the brain. This pia layer connects to the dura mater of the CSS via the arachnoid layer of the meninges. Trauma affects the bones of the cranium and the dura mater lining the inside of the skull bones as well as the sensitive brain tissue. It is suspected that the positive results experienced with CST in post concussion syndrome are the result of affecting not only the dura and cranial bones but also the glial network attaching directly to brain structures they support via this meningeal connection.

How can craniosacral treatment help you?

Craniosacral treatment can greatly help after concussion by creating and maintaining the mobility of the cranial bones and by mobilizing the cerebrospinal fluid indirectly by the therapist by remobilizing the skull bones.

Craniosacral treatment can regain cranial bone mobility and normalize the mechanical function of cerebrospinal fluid, with strong effects in increasing sleep quality and relaxation, relieving pain and increasing recovery efficiency after long periods of stress and fatigue.

In the case of concussion, these two therapies are complementary and are recommended to do them once a week or in a two weeks.


created 09.08. 2018

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