Last week I discussed the effectiveness of Myofascial Release Techniques (MFR) and combining it with manual osteopathic techniques to achieve great results. In today's blog, I will talk about the addition of Craniosacral Therapy (CST) which has its own added benefits helping individuals with various health issues. As a Manual Osteopathic Practitioner, I like to keep myself well versed in treating different health issues. Having a wide array of techniques and methods in my arsenal I can achieve great results.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) focuses on the connection between cranium (head) and the sacrum (lower end of the spine), to pump vital fluid called cerebo-spinal fluid (CSF) throughout the body to aid in body functions. We know that the brain and spine make up the central nervous system of the body and acts as a network system to relay information from the brain to the body. The CSF which surrounds the nervous system helps lubricate joints, tissues, and organs to maintain body function and muscle composition. Craniosacral Therapy is gentler than most osteopathic mobilization techniques and MFR, the primary focus is to generate a healthy rhythmic flow of fluid using pumping techniques. Proper rhythmic flow helps restore sensory, motor, musculoskeletal, and various symptoms.
As seasons are changing we see an increase in patients suffering from sinusitis or sinus headaches. Blockages or pressure in the sinuses in the nose, forehead, and cheeks create headaches and feelings of stuffiness. These blockages often derive from seasonal allergies, or other infections, cause inflammation and trigger irritation. Our sinus cavities are filled with air and lined with tissues that secrete mucus to trap dirt and irritants. The sinuses have small openings called measures that allow drainage of the mucus to excrete toxins and waste. Inflammation of the cavity reduces optimal drainage creating a blockage and triggering headaches.
Using CST and gentle facial mobilization I can ease sinus pressure to restore function. The process is gentle and often slow but fruitful when done properly, helping sinus drainage will reduce congestion and headaches.