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Tricks Eliminate Migraine

CST utilizes tissue unwinding, pelvic releases, SI joint releases, still point, neck releases and cranial suture releases.This results in more range of motion, reduced tightness within the tissues and restores proper space between the various bones in the skull. Adequate space between the cranial bones allows the proper flow and drainage of cranial sacral fluid, lymph and blood while ensuring normal nerve conduction. Pinched nerves in the brain caused by compression of cranial bones can and does affect the whole body including migraine headaches.

Sinus drainage can also buildup in the sinus cavities due to compressed facial and cranial bones which is one of the leading causes of sinus headaches. Cranial Sacral Therapy directly impacts cranial spaces within the bones of the skull during decompression as it creates space and frees delicate impinged nerves. Restoring proper nerve conduction directly affects relief of headaches and migraines and muscle function for the body as a whole. Let’s take a closer look at this protocol.

CST is performed with the client fully clothed and lying on a massage table. The CST therapist listens for the flow of cranial sacral fluid by palpating at the feet, thighs, hips, ribs, shoulders and head. When the cranial sacral fluid flows uninhibited from the skull to the tailbone and back there is a rippling effect throughout the whole body. It is similar to throwing a stone into a lake and the ripples are seen spanning out like a fan.

Once the therapist determines where the restrictions are with an uneven unbalanced rhythm, the first step is to perform a tissue unwinding to release the tight fascia. Fascia is the membrane that wraps the cells, muscles and organs. Fascia acts as a guy wire to help hold the body upright. When it is too tight it does not allow the proper flow of cranial fluid, body fluids, nerve conduction and muscle movement.The body feels stuck and stiff.Tissue unwinding follows the flow of cranial fluid with gentle light touch and works with this flow to release the tensions in these tissues. The therapist follows the restrictions throughout the body. It is like getting an internal massage.

Once the unwinding is accomplished the therapist proceeds to unwind the neck and head. The client’s head rests on the side of the therapists hands creating a still point where the cranial sacral fluid ceases to flow. A maximum of 5 minutes is recommended. Once this step is complete the neck and whole body is in such a deep state of relaxation and it is easier to release the tensions in the occipital base, the lower back edge of the skull.

Most of the back muscles attach to the base of the skull. The Occipital Base Release penetrates these muscles at this attachment site relaxing the muscles all the way down the back. The client’s head rests comfortably on the finger tips of the therapist until the tissues release and the therapist can feel C1, the very top vertebrae. Gentle tractioning of the skull towards the therapist creates more space between the tight and stressed vertebrae. Nerves exit from the spine through the vertebrae on both sides. Creating space in tight compressed vertebrae frees up the nerves for improved nerve conduction. This has a direct impact on muscle and organ function. Finally, the therapist tractions the cranial bones.

The therapist gently uses only 5 grams of pressure, the weight of a nickel, and tractions each cranial bone moving it back into its natural position. When the cranial bones are decompressed away from each other with proper space, the cranial nerves are freed to function normally. Space is restored in the cranial cavities such as sinus cavities so that sinuses can drain properly relieving pressure around the eyes. Cranial sacral fluid flows unimpaired throughout the brain and dural tube in the spine promoting health and homeostasis.