In terms of traditional medicine, depression is manifested by various combinations of symptoms such as sadness, poor concentration, insomnia, fatigue, appetite problems, suicidal thoughts, and excessive self-blame. Untreated, it can lead to impaired daily activities or even suicide. No matter how dramatic it may seem, depression can be treated and with impressive results.
How does craniosacral therapy treat patients with depression?
Through its techniques, CranioSacral therapy aims at achieving the optimal easing and functioning of the central nervous system function. In this way the level of the hormones that are responsible for our emotional and mental state can be corrected.
Depending on the effect that certain events have on us, our body responds by downloading in the nervous system certain substances such as biogenic amines (e.g. serotonin, norepinephrine, acetylcholine, GABA, dopamine), responsible for changing the state of our spirit. These external stimuli that affect us are: death of a loved one, failure in a certain stage of life, etc.
Thus, both the body and the emotional side of the patient need relief, rebalancing, realignment. The craniosacral therapist manages to get these beneficial effects by smoothly manipulating certain segments and cranial bones, the sacral’s portion of the lumbar spine region in which a series of traumas are stored, relaxation through certain techniques of the neck which also stores much tension often manifested by headaches.
Often times, craniosacral therapy techniques involve an about 5 grams touch at the fascial level. Fascia is the thin membrane that “wraps” each portion of our body, namely the one that covers every structure in the body, that keeps us cohesive and not let us fall apart.
This touch at at the fascial level aims at easing a particular area, allowing implicitly the respective organs to relax and work at an optimal parameter. An important element is the release somatoemotionala to help find the cause of depression and, why not, to eradicate it from the operating system of the patient.
Reactions to treatment
Craniosacral therapy does not treat the patient on systems or regions, but as a whole (holistic). Once the treatment has begun, its effects are not limited to the sphere on which we focus.
For example, if you suffer from depression and at the same time you have back pain, but depression is very strong and would like to start by treating it, it is possible that at the end of the session the back does not feel as painful than before treatment; besides the fact that you have a much better mood, you can smile and all other symptoms of depression gradually disappear.
In the craniosacral therapy there are no side effects; the patient is assessed and treated in terms of all their diseases, and the emphasis is on addressing the cause and not the effect. Because of all these advantages, depression can be easily discussed with a craniosacral therapist without harming our body and psyche like how it happens when given antidepressants or another type of medicine from the allopathic field of medicine.
Just as we try to self preserve by “burying” some less pleasant events of our lives, we have the power to restore and heal ourselves!