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CranioSacral Therapy may help Simple Head Trauma

People fall and hit their heads. Kids fall more than adults, but adults and older adults have more injuries from falling.  Sometimes people recover easily after hitting their heads while other times people suffer concussion, neck pain from a whiplash type of trauma, head ache and/or migraine.  Swelling may occur inside the cranium or skull or in the muscles of the neck affecting nerve transmission or proper disc mechanics.

Falls often result in a trip to the ER or your local physician.  Patients are often sent home to “watch and wait” or given little instructions about what to expect or do during the healing process.  CranioSacral Therapy (CST) can be very helpful during this period.

CranioSacral Therapy uses a gentle force, 5g or the weight of a nickel to release restrictions within the skull that sometimes occur after trauma.  CranioSacral Therapy is performed with the patient lying on their backs fully clothed.  Many patients who have chronic pain appreciate CST because it doesn’t hurt and usually leaves them feeling fully relaxed.

CranioSacral Therapy can be performed by Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists or Chiropractors if they have the proper training.  It is performed by placing your hands gently on the skull and moving the bone in a way that allows the practitioner to evaluate if there is a restriction present and then gently moving the bone to release the restriction.

CST involves treatment inside the mouth.  The mouth work allows the practitioner to access the bones of the hard palate as well as the tongue and its supporting muscles, the infrahyoids.  Although this may sound odd, the tongue is a strong muscle that we use a great deal.  There is often tension and pain in the TMJ joint following long dental procedures which can only be released via the mouth work.

CST also releases tension at the base of the skull where it meets the top of the neck.  This is a common area for headache generation as well as neck pain and stiffness.  Vertigo is easily treated with CST.  I often see elderly patients with the forward head posture which may cause tight and shortened infrahyoid muscles.  These muscles attach at the temporal bones which is where the semicircular canals are.  This is where Vertigo may occur.

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For questions regarding CranioSacral Therapy you may call Mary Boyd, MS, PT who is a member of the Sandpoint Wellness Council and owner of Mountain View Physical Therapy at 290-5575. 

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