CranioSacral Therapy and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Often times, those people who have experienced  or witnessed traumatic events have on-going and uncontrollable fear, anxiety, depression, rage and other life-altering emotions.  It has only been since 1980 that these symptoms have gained recognition, validation and a name: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Now research shows CranioSacral Therapy improves symptoms for PTSD sufferers.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in its "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Vol. III".  It was the high incidence of PTSD post Vietnam War that finally prompted the recognition and title. Although combat veterans comprise a large percentage of PTSD suffers, combat SHOULD NOT be considered the only cause of PTSD.  It can result from any experience a person has that is traumatic for them or that they witness being done to someone.  This is particularly true if violence is involved. An interesting fact about PTSD is that it can occur days to years after the event(s).  Once begun, the symptoms will sometimes go into remission but can also reappear with stimulis.  The PTSD usually continues, if untreated, for decades, escalating with each episode.

How CranioSacral Therapy Helps Ease PTSD Symptoms

There has been research showing how well the PTSD suffers responded to Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST), which is a light touch, non-invasive therapy that works directly with the central nervous system.  The following are symptoms that showed significant improvement during a study of Vietnam Veterans done at The Upledger Institute.

  • Insomnia:  CST is used to release the pressure that builds in the joint between the head and the neck that often becomes jammed during extreme backward/forward bending during traumatic events.  This pressure creates headaches as well as the insomnia.  Relieving this pressure improves the flow of cerebral fluid to the brain.
  • Hypervigilance:  This is a state of heightened awareness.  Someone experiencing PTSD has an excessive response to any surprise or unexpected noise.  They cannot control their response.  (This can be part of the insomnia.)  CST is used to release muscle memory cells in the tissue releasing the horrific memories allowing the person to reset the autonomic nervous system.
  • Intrusive Thoughts:  People suffering from PTSD have a difficult time concentrating and staying on task due to replaying of the scenes or thoughts they experienced or witnessed.  CST balance fluids and release the restrictions on the right and left sides of the brain.  This allows nutrition in the cerebral spinal fluid to reach the brain cells, improving function and carrying away toxic waste products.  Since the brain controls conscious thoughts, the higher functioning brain helps the person concentrate.
  • Flashbacks:  Studies show that in those people suffering fromPTSD, the left hemisphere of the brain is less functional than the right side.  The hippocampus (which is an important part of the brain related to memory control) is smaller on the left side than on the right.  CST equalizes the mobility and flow of fluid of both sides of the brain focusing on the left side speech area.  This helps the person begin to verbalize their recall of the event.  Once they can verbalize it and discuss the event(s) the flashback comes under control.  This helps neutralize the power of the event causing the flashbacks to discontinue.
  • Panic Attacks, Long-term Fear, and Depression and Suicidal Thoughts also responded well to CST for many of the same reasons described above.

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If you or someone you know suffers from PTSD, call us today. Natural Horizons has specialists in Cranial Sacral Therapy and Samato Emotional Release Therapy.

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