December 2017 - despite of many holidays! - saw me very happy and busy indeed. Patients came from near and far, some visiting their families here in Dar es Salaam, some others simply returning home but common nominator to all was happiness about discovering the availability of craniosacral therapy.
There was a senior citizen suffering from debilitating pain, young lady wanting to start family, another young lady newly pregnant, a baby or two, few children and many overly stressed-out working adults. In general, three treatment sessions eased initial complaints, apart from one case, and how wonderful is that!
Now I'm thinking that three treatment visits is enough for me to decide whether further CST is required or should I refer the patient somewhere else.
I just love love love this work!
Dental braces, jaw growth, headache and pretty smileOrthodontic treatment has become very popular, with an estimated 4 million people in the US wearing braces at any time (2015 - and ever increasing numbers elsewhere in the world). Of this number, approximately only 25% are adults. Dental braces are used for restorative and functional purposes, as well as for purely cosmetic reasons.
Common side effects of orthodontic braces in adults are transient headaches, which typically occur following the periodic adjustment and tightening of the braces. Children also suffer from hyperactivity, difficulty in focusing, mood swings and even hormonal imbalances.
For cosmetic purposes I would recommend to start using the braces at the earliest once the cranial bones' growth and fusing is finished - at around 16 years of age (Ethmoid, neurocranium bone). We want a pretty smile but at what cost?
For functional and restorative purposes it would be ideal to form a team consisting of dental specialist, medical doctor and craniosacral therapist, especially in question of very young child. This way the child's needs would be met and pains reduced to minimum.
There's nothing better than being able to learn new stuff all the time! Each patient teaches me something new or directs me to look for new research. As human kind we seem to be on some sort of a roller-coaster when it comes to research and technology, be it advances in space exploration or quantum brain waves and consciousness.
We are now approaching the last week of September, and I have returned from holidays. Work room at HiTech Sai Masaki Polyclinic is open and running and I've decided to keep flexible times. In any case I'll do full days on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Task list covers the following for now:
- Create a programme for post-stroke patients, covering also medical and psychological side in addition to CST treatment
- Ditto for planned pregnancy and parenthood, including mid-wife services
- Start drafting procedures how to get CST training into TZ
Most importantly - let's enjoy the work and be happy of the opportunity to be of assistance, mwah to you all!
This year up to end of June has been a roller-coaster, in more ways than one. Early February I was hit with a personal catastrophe -train, and for sure I am not totally recovered. If I ever will. Suicide in the family is not something that anybody had anticipated - or otherwise we did not know how to read signs (or lack of them). Anyway, now we are gearing up to a memorial, as a celebration of life even when the author decided to put a full stop to it. Dealing with this will be a long process.
Early this year I also anticipated to 'soon' start working in a health clinic - well, after the applications and notarized copies of absolutely everything, I'm almost there. Office looks friendly, and more importantly we are working as team - clinical psychologist, family physician, nutritionist and myself. And we are looking for more areas of expertise to be covered!
I am so surprised how time has flown - I got caught up with moving location (yet again!), working, helping a friend set up a holistic spa, getting to know fellow complementary therapy practitioners and together with them establishing a non-profit company for holistic health approach, and generally living life in full. This year will finally see me working with a health centre, thus giving me opportunity to promote craniosacral therapy which I simply love. Alas, I'm back here with new energy and dedication!
can also be treated with craniosacral therapy, very successfully. When ears are tweaked and the temporal bones unjammed, lost balance is returning and whiny noise in the ears disappears. What amazing improvement in the quality of life!
In medical and pharmacological world there exists a lot of doubt towards craniosacral therapy; are the good results mainly pseudo-effects? Did the therapist influence the patient; first invent problems that then could be ‘healed’? Many scientists are still of the opinion that cranial bones fuse together after childhood and therefore both the cranial osteopathy and craniosacral therapy are baseless. The subtleness of the craniosacral system makes it difficult to measure changes that are mostly observed by the therapist and felt by the patient; reduction of intracranial pressure; tissue decompression; changes in the craniosacral rhythm etc. We can see the difference in the patient’s demeanour before and after the session – but how can mind-body holistic approach to healing be measured? Here I would like to quote:
“One research problem encountered with complementary approaches is that these approaches consistently focus on the patient as a total human being with all the interactions of all bodily systems. This philosophy of the whole does not coincide with the linear, reductionistic physical research accepted by Western medicine. Until research models are developed and instrumentation becomes available that measures multiple systems at multiple levels of consciousness simultaneously, it will be difficult to prove the strengths of many aspects of alternative approaches to patient management.
That does not mean that the efficacy is not there. It means our research skill may not have developed to the level of measuring all the influences that are interacting simultaneously during a complementary approach intervention.”
Darcy Umphred PhD, PT
Graduate Program in Physical Therapy
University of the Pacific
International Lecturer, Consultant
A practitioner in Florida recently shared a heart-warming video that exhibits the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy. It involves a toddler affected with Arthrogryposis, [also known as AMC].
This particular client usually wanted to have a craniosacral therapy session simply for re-energizing and re-aligning. As we started the session, it was immediately obvious that there was a blockage in his system somewhere - the craniosacral rhythm seemed to get stucked in an area between the xiphoid process and solar plexus. Using the therapy techniques an energy cyst was confirmed and then treated and released. As the final release came through, I heard audible 'whoosh' escaping from my client's lips, and all his body softened into a deep relaxation. Afterwards he thanked me and told, that he had been suffering from a unusual bloating and tight chest for few weeks. He described that the release felt like 'pulling a plug from blocked drain'.
Professor Upledger always said that for us as therapists it is not important to know a name of an ailment to treat it, and I couldn't agree more.However, in this case I satisfied my curiosity and concluded that it was a case of acute cardiac spinchter compression. And as usual, given a chance through craniosacral therapy the body in its wisdom corrects and heals itself. Wonderful!
I am Carita, certified craniosacral therapist. I was introduced to craniosacral therapy by a fellow massage therapist back in 2007 - and I knew this therapy was what I had been looking for all my life! I was lucky enough to study with Upledger Institute, Florida. Now, after several years of practicing craniosacral therapy, I am still constantly humbled by the power of our body's inner wisdom, it's infinite knowledge of self-healing. And I am most grateful for the opportunity to practice and learn more.