Head injuries and concussions frequently result in both physical and cognitive disabilities, both of which can be addressed with craniosacral treatments. Adding craniosacral therapy to the treatment plan can have a permanent, positive affect by treating the cause of the sometimes painful and often confusing symptoms which follow an injury to the head.
What is concussion anyway?
A concussion occurs when the brain is bruised, causing blood to pool in the area and swelling to occur. Because the brain is so critical to everything that goes on in the body, a concussion can be very serious, creating a variety of difficulties in various parts of the body as well as compromising the ability to focus and think clearly. Symptoms can be subtle, like having difficulty concentrating, feeling as though you are in a fog or feeling upset or irritable. Not so subtle symptoms include headache, sensitivity to light or sound, changes in vision, confusion, nausea, drowsiness, amnesia or depression.
So how can Craniosacral Therapy help?
It is well known that the bones of the head, which are soft at birth, harden and grow together over the first couple of years of life. What is well documented but less well known is that there should continue to be both movement between the bones (sutures of the skull) and within each bone after the age of two. The movement is tiny and not visible to the naked eye but it can be felt by a craniosacral therapist. As you can imagine, if a cranial bone suffers an impact, this can affect not only the skeleton but the underlying structures as well, including the membranes, nerves, blood vessels and fluids, thus compromising the ability of these structures to function properly.
Craniosacral therapists are trained to assess and adjust such problems in a very gentle but profoundly significant manner. Using subtle movements and a range of techniques, the therapist can support the structures back into place without the use of force.
In many cases, craniosacral therapy is one of the most effective tools you can offer a client suffering post-concussion symptoms. This light-touch modality helps release restrictions in the meningeal membranes around the brain and spinal cord, increasing the healthy flow of cerebrospinal fluid and allowing the central nervous system to resume its optimal levels of performance.
I strongly encourage anyone who has had a concussion, even without loss of consciousness, to get at least one craniosacral treatment. Sometimes what happens is that, after a person experiences a blow to the head, there does not seem to be any negative repercussions. However, many times, the body is merely adapting. Adaptation is a good thing – it’s the body’s way of dealing with a physical trauma – but the trouble is that adaptations can accumulate and it can mask the fact that damage has been done. If subsequent blows occur, there can be a cumulative effects which can lead to ever more serious consequences, creating a longer recovery time. Generally speaking, the longer a tension has lived in the body, the more complicated it is to treat. Best to nip it in the bud and get at the source of the problem before it has a chance to settle into the body for too long.