Simply put, CranioSacral Therapy (CST) works with the tissue that surrounds the central nervous system. The central nervous system directly affects all the other systems of the body. It’s the nerves that make the muscles work. And it can be the nerves that can make the muscles hurt and get tight. Thus, CST on the tissue surrounding the nerves can help with pain relief in the muscles!
Why does this happen?
The tissue that surrounds the central nervous system can get tight due to traumas, repetitive motions, or degeneration. When this tissue gets tight, it can aggravate the nerves it surrounds. This causes the nerves to fire out into the muscles, creating tightness and pain. CranioSacral Therapy releases the tight tissue around the nerves, the nerves relax, and the muscles feel better. I have seen this again and again in my practice.
As a massage therapist, I work each day helping to relax people’s muscles to decrease pain in the body and increase overall health. One thing I used to see repetitively in my practice was clients coming in with muscle pain, getting a massage, feeling better, only to come back a week later with the same pain. I have learned through my experience when this happens, the muscle pain is not the problem (or massage would have taken care of it). More often than not, the issue is in the craniosacral system and can be resolved completely through CranioSacral Therapy. When I discovered the truth of this, I began my training in CranioSacral Therapy. I have since been consistently helping people resolve long standing pain issues.
So if you have a reoccurring pain in your body, particularly in the muscles, and massage has not taken care of it, it is very likely that CranioSacral Therapy will.
When you feel the pain that comes into your neck and shoulders from sitting all day at the computer, or the sharp discomfort in the low back when you’ve been working in garden, you might want nothing more than someone to deeply massage that painful spot. That makes sense. The back or shoulders are shouting out at you and massage can help with pain relief, to make them quiet again.
However, sometimes there are chronic issues—you get a shoulder rub but the pain comes back the next day, or no matter what you do that low back pain just won’t go away.
There is a reason for this…the pain is not where the problem is.
A Shift in Perspective
Imagine for a moment, someone pulling on your arm. After time your arm would become sore because of the over stretching. Is your arm—where you feel the pain—the problem? No. The problem is the person pulling your arm. If they let go of your arm, eventually the discomfort will go away.
So it is, in our bodies.
Often the soreness that we feel is coming from those muscles being overstretched by other tighter muscles. We don’t feel the pain in the tight muscle, we feel it in the overstretched muscles, just like our arm being pulled. The way to fix the problem is to give the appropriate massage work to the tight, or shortened muscles and surrounding tissue.
When the shortened muscles are lengthened and released, it actually brings about lasting change and relief from pain. So if you have been having chronic pain issues that heat packs and Advil only provide temporary relief from, consider finding a local massage therapist that understands the dynamics of the body and knows how to release the actual cause of the pain—the shortened muscles.
CranioSacral Therapy, also referred to as CST, is a soft touch approach to releasing deep tension within the body. It can address many issues in the body because it helps to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. When giving a treatment, the therapist uses extended holds and gentle tractioning to releases the tension in the tissue around the central nervous system. When this tissue is free of restriction it allows for the central nervous system function in a better way–thus making you feel better!
How does CranioSacral Therapy Help?
Due to traumas, surgeries, or even just repetitive motions, the tissue that surrounds the central nervous system can become restricted. In addition, this restriction influences the functioning of the central nervous system and how the nerves “fire.” This restriction influences the other systems of the body creating symptoms that can range from muscle spasms, to headaches, to to digestive issues and more. Therefore, if a condition is not addressed through regular massage or other therapies, CranioSacral Therapy is advised–by releasing tension in the tissue around the central nervous system, the flow of the fluid around the spine (cerebral spinal fluid) and the tissue itself supports the correct functioning of the central nervous system. Since the central nervous system is such a foundational part of our bodies functioning, CST has a beneficial effect on a wide array of conditions (as listed in the final section).
What conditions does CST address?
Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
Infant and Childhood Disorders
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Central Nervous System Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
And Many Other Conditions
(www.upledger.com–where I studied CST.)
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It’s not uncommon to experience minor aches and pains throughout the day. Also, when we have injuries from life events we can experience discomfort as we heal. It’s not always possible to get in to see your massage therapist. Whether the issue is time or money, it’s always good to have a back up plan. I recommend to my clients, using an energy that is freely available to them. Self healing is possible.
In the following video, I share a simple energy technique. I teach thisto clients who have injuries that can use some TLC. It’s also a great technique for minor aches and pains. Give it a try and see for yourself!
Massage in Danville, KY! Welcome to Listening Hand!
Welcome to my new website! I’m excited to connect with you and share about Listening Hand, massage in Danville, KY. Take some time to watch this YouTube video set in the beautiful North Rolling Fork, just outside of Danville, KY. It is an introduction to me, Clive Robinson, and my massage practice, Listening Hand. I have over a decade of experience working consistently to help people relieve and in most cases be free of pain. I know I can help you too!