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How Does CranioSacral Physical Therapy (CST) Help with Chronic and Acute Pain?

July 4, 2018

If you've never heard of craniosacral therapy, you're not alone. John Upledger was the first person to bring Craniosacral therapy to the forefront in the 1970's. The term marries both "cranium" and the pelvic bone connected to a spine. As an alternative therapy in the medical world, Craniosacral therapy employs a gentle method aimed at strenghtening the physiological system. This system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. These intricate systems work together to play a central role in the overall controlling functions of the body. As a result, when something goes wrong with this system, it can cause issues throughout the entire body such as lower back pain and knee pain.

Using very little pressure, practitioners give relief to the central nervous system by manipulating the blocked pathways. This is aimed at re-balancing these structures and is  necessary even decades after injuries have occurred throughout the body. Many injuries can continue to persist for years beacuse the trauma was never fully addressed.
How does Craniosacral Therapy help with chronic and acute pain? Let’s take an in-depth look at what is chronic pain and acute pain?

What is Chronic Pain?

Pain that is considered chronic lasts more than three months. This type of pain is different than cutting your finger or injuring your knee while running. Chronic pain is usually more of a constant dull pain that never seems to heal, but can also commonly be experienced as pain that is throbbing, burning, shooting or stiffness.
Many people experience chronic pain after an injury that hasn’t been taken care of properly. When an injury is suffered, surrounding pain sensors send a signal from nerves to your brain. As an injury heals, the strength and existence of these pain signals dissipate until they are no longer felt. However, in the case of chronic pain, the nerves do not stop transmitting these signals to the brain after the body has recovered.
Many times, however, it is a puzzle when it comes at identifying the pain points where the chronic pain starts to originate and beacsue of this, practitioners use trial and error. When left untreated or ineffectively treated, this ongoing discomfort can make it difficult for a person to function on a daily basis. This interference with the performance of routine activities can often lead to mental health issues as pain is intertwined with emotions such as anger, depression, fear, etc.
While finding the right treatment might be difficult to find, it is not possible. The following are regularly causes of chronic pain, though there are many others. If any of these issues are present, consider using CST to address pain:
  • Back problems
  • Neck problems
  • Past, untreated injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines
  • Infections
  • Nerve Damage

Acute Pain

Acute pain is classified differently than chronic pain because of the duration. Acute pain typically lasts less than three to six months and is related to soft tissue damage such as scrape or a sprain. Chronic pain differs from acute pain in that acute pain will cause discomfort until the injury heals and is always easier to eradicate. The pain can easily be assigned to an existing trauma and more easily addressed.

How Craniosacral Therapy Helps
The membranes and fluids that surround the central nervous system are subjected to strains throughout daily activities. Overtime, this can cause the craniosacral system to develop tensions that restrict the body’s ability to function naturally. Craniosacral therapy aims to remedy the pain processing and the brain and spinal cord and release the tension that has become present and causes ongoing problems.

As a tool that encourages the body's natural healing processes, CST is used as a preventive measur and helps at curbing disease as well as a multitude of medical problems.
  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Stress/ Tension-Related Issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Pelvic Pain
Craniosacral therapists use the rhythm of your body to create a healing blood flow. Often times their work releases trapped traumas from physical injuries, emotional and psychological stresses throughout the individual's life. There are many individuals who have been told that their condition is genetic or caused by stress, and if no effective treatment has been found for them, they may have to learn to live with it. Craniosacral work offers lots of hope in taregting specific issues and is goes strigh to the source--n the cental nervous system.                                                                                                                                                        
This is a specialized type of treatment, and Body Image Physical Therapy has several practitioners who have used this as part of their normal physical therapy practice for over 25 years. Many patients have dramatically improved their pain after starting to implement   craniosacral therapy. A craniosacral session goes for about 45-60 minutes and may be covrered by insurance.

Contact Body Image Physical Therapy today at 720-870-8900 or fill out our contact form on the website to get help living the life you love, pain free. We are the experts in this field and are excited to help you with Craniosacral therapy in Aurora. We offer a wide range of both traditional and alternative treatments aimed at serving the community with the highest standards of care. We can help with neck pain treatment, lower back, chronic back pain and more.  No matter what you are experiencing, we are here to help you recover. We look forward to working with you soon!