This blog is part of our series of posts this month as part of Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness month. We are highlighting various integrative and alternative medicine treatments that can be therapeutic for those suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on technique used to bring the body back into balance. It is based on a view of the body that understands there to be rhythmic pulsations to the body’s central nervous system that can be detected and altered by a trained practitioner. A CST practitioner uses their hands to listen to these body rhythms and guide the body back into balance.
Craniosacral Therapy can be a useful tool for patients suffering symptoms following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Concussion and mild TBI follow trauma to the head, or rapid acceleration or deceleration forces resulting in head injury. As you might suspect, these significantly change the rhythms of the central nervous system, the very thing that CST aims to rebalance. CST helps the body to realign itself, relieves pain and tension, reduces anxiety, and helps return the nervous system to a more peaceful state. In this way, it can be very effective in mitigating post-concussion symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and sleep problems.
There are not very many large scale clinical studies that have yet been done to investigate CST for TBI and concussion. However, many case studies report the benefits CST for these instances. It is also increasingly being used in PT and OT treatments for individuals with mild to moderate TBI. We have seen the positive effects of CST for patients with mild TBI and concussions in our own clinical practice, helping teens and adults alike.