A headache or migraine is a signal from the body that something isn't right.
Headaches are sometimes caused by serious illnesses such as tumors, aneurysms, meningitis and very high blood pressure. Once these have been ruled out, your doctor may diagnose neck tension, sinusitis, jaw dysfunction, and/or physical distortions arising from accidents and injuries sustained long ago.
That makes bodywork a prime next step for many headaches, and CranioSacral Therapy in particular. We work directly on the head and its structures, and CranioSacral Therapy allows release of tension patterns at the source.
The craniosacral system is comprised of the brain and spine, which span from the top of the head to the bottom of the spine at the sacrum. These structures of the central nervous system are contained in an impermeable sac and are protected with cerebrospinal fluid as a shock absorber. We track restrictions and flow of the cerebrospinal fluid. A whole body evaluation based on the craniosacral rhythm -- where it's strong and where it is lacking -- can indicate the nature of the problem and the path to recovery.
Because an overall goal and benefit of CranioSacral Therapy is to relax and balance the nervous system, people suffering from headaches typically get relief even as a side benefit if that's not what they're being treated for primarily, through reducing constriction of blood vessels. For detailed reading and videos with further information, check out our page for neurologists.
In a nutshell, CranioSacral Therapy for headaches is:
Hands-on bodywork with light physical touch.
Releases contraction and trauma patterns that cause or contribute to headaches.
Works on releasing the source of headaches, not just symptoms.
Balances the nervous system, improving overall health at the same time.
Call today to schedule a session to take care of yourself. We offer appointments at our office in San Rafael as well as visits to your home or office.
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