Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can range from mild irritation to intense suffering and disability, affecting a person’s entire body, psyche and life.

Causes

Chronic pain can have multiple causes, ranging from congenital disorders to spinal disorders, musculoskeletal imbalances, compensatory patterns, surgeries, scar tissue, disease processes, trauma/injury, infection, overuse, disuse and misuse. No matter what the cause, the common result is that the central nervous system is sending out abnormal pain signals and can be in a constant state of overwhelm and hypersensitivity. This can lead to an increased strain on our nervous systems and can create an overall sense of fatigue.

Response

The body may respond to pain with constant muscle tension, postural stress, lack of tissue mobility and a thickening of the fascia, which can lead to decreased blood flow to painful areas, increasing the build-up of metabolic waste. Our central nervous system might respond by undergoing adaptive changes that thicken and inflame the membranes surrounding our brain and spinal cord, leading to devitalisation and irritation. This in turn can lead to overstimulation of pain pathways and keep us trapped in a never-ending loop of pain.

The Healing Process

This mobility allows for additional fluid exchange, including increased blood flow into tissue and removal of waste from tissue. It also includes easing and calming of excessive nervous system stimulation and decreasing adaptive body patterns that may be maintaining chronic pain signals, thus decreasing abnormal strain on associated muscles and organs.

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How Can Craniosacral Therapy Help?

Craniosacral Therapy can enhance the body’s ability to naturally correct imbalances and dysfunction that contribute to chronic pain, and assist the body in changing abnormal tissue-strain patterns embedded deep in membranes of the brain and spinal cord, throughout the musculoskeletal system and in the body as a whole.

Craniosacral Therapy can be used to identify and change core primary causes of chronic pain rather than just addressing associated symptoms that can be part of the compensatory process long after the injured tissue has healed.

Craniosacral Therapy can also be used in combination with massage and other manual therapies to increase the effectiveness of treatment of chronic pain. Craniosacral therapy is not designed to replace regular medical attention. Persistent pain or abnormal function should always be checked out by your family doctor first.

To see a range of chronic pain-related health concerns that can be addressed through Craniosacral Therapy, click here.