Reasons for Treatment/Referral:
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- Concussions & Sports Related Injuries, Acute injuries – They are gentle techniques with minimal contraindications that can be used within 24 hours of injury (contraindications would include, internal bleeds and certain conditions, such as liver or kidney failure). It is ideal for falls, concussions, and head injuries, vertigo and dizziness due to muscle skeletal restrictions and swelling due to inflammatory response (sports, car accidents).
- Head injury and concussion -- Cranialsacral therapy advanced techniques assists with CSF hydraulics, self correction of facia, tentorium, intraoral techniques for deep restriction. Proven results with clients who are having symptoms, headache, memory loss, dizziness, vertigo, insomnia, where CAT scan results are normal but symptoms persist.
- Chronic Injuries – In cases where the soft tissues (fascia, fluid, and whole body structures) are not healing well and other options have been used. Sometimes, older injuries affect the healing ability of newer injuries. By stimulating fascia, acupressure meridians, trigger point referrals, and antagonistic structures, relief and reduction of pain symptoms can be achieved.
- Unidentified Pain, Tests Negative – In cases where all diagnostic tests are negative and the client still reports experiencing pain, reviewing muscle trigger point referral patterns and antagonistic muscle tension are considered.
- Scar Tissue – These specialized modalities can be used to decrease adhesions from scar tissue developed after surgical procedures (such as: caesarean sections, laparoscopy, hysterectomy, gall bladder removal, appendix removal and ovary removal).
- DEEP TISSUE THERAPY
- Depression and anxiety – In cases where clients suffer from structural restrictions affecting the autonomic nervous system, Cranialsacral therapy is incorporated to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and acupressure points are used to increase breath flow. A normal functioning parasympathetic system assists with “resting, digesting, tissue healing, sleeping, breathing and reduction of anxiety. Increasing parasympathetic system function enhances body’s ability to heal tissues (rest and digest). Therefore, the stimulation of this system has a positive correlation with an improved immune response. With treatment, clients have reported: less depression; greater clarity of mind; increased REM sleep (decreasing insomnia); a greater sense of happiness and well being; and a decreased asthmatic response (by reducing tension in the intrinsic muscles used for breathing, diaphragm, and intercostal muscles).
- Specific Pain Syndromes -- Conditions such as TMJ (jaw pain), headaches, sinus, whiplash, sciatica, carpel tunnel, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms are relieved by the use of Cranialsacral therapy and intra-oral work. By facilitating the fluid hydraulics of cranial system, decreasing the inner tensions of the dural tube and attachments to vertebral bodies, pressure is taken off the nerves and tissues. Intra-oral treatments for jaw pain, headaches and cervical tension.
- Mind/Body Awareness and Psychosomatic Pain – At times, clients will experience intense emotions that manifest physically in their bodies. It can be demonstrated by tension in the neck, shoulders and jaw as the body, tightens, clenches, armours and restricts with the emotion felt and possibly repressed. Frequently pain felt in the neck, head, back and jaw are related to stress, anxiety and grief. For example, a client may experience a reduction in painful physical symptoms after the emotional release during or after treatment. Detachment from the physical body and emotional stressors, results in suppressed emotions and corresponding tension in the physical tissues. Release of painful tissues (through direct deep pressure or gentle reflex techniques, or physical movement such as yoga) can trigger an emotional response in correlation with significant emotional events. This can be experienced as a somatoemotional or physical (body) and emotional release either during or after treatment. It may be brought on by familiar triggers in things they feel, hear or see, even a conversation heard or movie seen for example may bring about this response. If you think you may be having a somatoemotional release or an adverse body/emotional response as a side effect to treatment, (possible transference of symptoms) please consult a psychotherapist, psychiatrist or MD for consultation and treatment.
- See brochure from College of Massage Therapists – Understanding Your Responses to Touch Therapy - referral to Please consult psychotherapist, psychiatrist or MD for consultation and treatment.
- Integrative therapies are not a cure for systemic disease or pathology and are intended to be used in conjunction with standard medical treatment. Please refer to an MD, ND and/or Specialist (Psychiatrist) for diagnosis and referral.
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