Craniosacral Therapy as a Treatment for Headaches and Migraines
A Craniosacral Therapist senses tensions in the head and body and helps release them in a safe and supported way.
“Headaches are one of the most common complaints that we treat with CranioSacral Therapy and its offshoots. I would say that we are 80-90 percent successful no matter what type of headache is presented to us” (Upledger 1997 pg 20).
Similarly, Hugh Milne, an experienced craniosacral teacher and well-known author, maintains “Migraine is one of the areas where craniosacral work really excels” (Milne 1995 pg 231). A craniosacral therapist will make a light touch with the facial bones and cranial bones which can ease compression and help relieve headache symptoms.
For example, a throbbing headache at the back of the head could be caused by high blood pressure. Such pressure may be lowered by a treatment which can enable more space in the upper neck region. Another type of headache may originate in the facial bones; here the therapist can help tissues to relax and expand allowing a new ease to come through. Nerves which may have been compressed and inflamed can have the pressure taken off them, allowing release.
Craniosacral Therapy can help reduce the effects of headache triggers, especially neck and back problems. The craniosacral system has been compared to a single and continuous hydraulic system from the head all the way to the tailbone. So, for example, a fall on the tailbone could cause headaches for some time afterwards.
Craniosacral therapists orient to the health of the client and observe where it is restricted and then arouse the resources of the body to handle its own problems. Becker (1971) describes this osteopathic approach: “Where’s the real health that would like to be there? Let’s feel that flow more back through there and let’s hook it up to an even greater source.....What I’m trying to say is that we stimulate from the lowest level to the highest level – we stimulate the whole chain”. Therapists treat the body as a whole, promoting whole body health.
Becker, R.E (2001) The Stillness of Life, Stillness Press, LLC
Milne, H (1995) The Heart of Listening (Volume 2), North Atlantic Books, California
Upledger, J.E (1997) Your Inner Physician and You, North Atlantic Books, California