CranioSacral Therapy Eases Headaches

Rare is the adult who has never had a headache. Did you know that 50% of adults worldwide have experienced a headache in the last year? And that among those 30% have experienced a migraine? According to a recent study by the World Health Organization headache disorders worldwide are the third highest cause of productivity lost due to disability.

Stress headaches felt at the base of the skull, through the head and down the neck respond extremely well to CranioSacral Therapy (CST) treatments. After assessing the body the CST practitioner applies a gentle touch (5 grams) to specific areas of tightness and restriction, encouraging the body to release its grip. The restriction in the body softens and relaxes, often setting off a ripple effect of tension-release throughout the entire system. By the end of a session the headache is usually greatly reduced if not gone, and the client feels as calm as if they had taken a deep nap.

An often over-looked source of headaches is a blow to the skeletal system, such as a fall on the tailbone or the back of the head. A fall that jams the sacrum at the bottom of the spine or the occiput at the base of the skull restricts the natural movement of the spine and puts stress and strain on its protective membrane system, the dura. CST treatments can help the spine regain its suppleness by gently encouraging the sacrum, all of the spinal segments and the cranial plates of the skull to unlock the tension stored in the dura.

While a simple tension headache can often be resolved in one or two treatments, complex headaches like migraines and cluster headaches usually require more care. In these more complex forms, the effectiveness of CST can typically be determined with five to ten treatments. In a migraine study done in the UK the participants found that over the course of six treatments in a 1-month period, their headache symptoms were reduced from “serious” to “considerable”. This reduction persisted for a month after treatments ceased.

If you or someone you know experiences headaches the gentle, non-invasive nature of CranioSacral Therapy sessions can’t hurt and more than likely can help.