The root causes of fibromyalgia are still unknown. It is attributed to a dysfunction of nerve signals, hormones, or spinal fluid pressure. Because the causes are not completely understood, it makes treatment difficult. There are several treatments and methods for controlling the symptoms of fybromyalgia, and whole websites dedicated to fibromyalgia treating. Craniosacral therapy is a method used to treat all of the causes with some promising results. Here is a closer look at what we know about craniosacral therapy.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of massage therapy that uses light pressure touches to key cranial points to create rhythmic motions of the cranial bones. Practitioners of CST claim that these touches improve brain function, nerve function, and spinal fluid pressure, which are all possible causes of Fibromyalgia. This therapy can also stimulate the endocannabinoid system and give and endorphin rush similar to a runner’s high, which could explain the pain relieving results of craniosacral therapy. There is not a lot of clinical data to support these claims, and more research is clearly needed. However, there are some studies that have shown promising results with CST for treating fibromyalgia.
Craniosacral therapy for pain
One study in Spain showed that CST improved the pain symptoms in fibromyalgia patients. The relief was experienced immediately and lasted for up to two months afterward. The effects of the intensive therapy were not detected to be different from the control group after a year. This study suggests that CST may have important implications in treating fibromyalgia sufferers when used regularly.
Craniosacral Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, Sleep Quality, and Quality of Life
Another study tested CST on anxiety, depression, sleep quality, and overall quality of life in fibromyalgia patients. This study found that CST did in fact aid in depression, anxiety, and sleep quality, and therefore, improved the quality of life for fibromyalgia patients. This improvement was maintained for up to six months after the initial intensive treatment, but only sleep quality was still improved at the one year mark after treatment. Again, this study suggests that the regular use of CST may mark a substantial improvement in anxiety, depression, and sleep quality.
The results of CST may in fact reduce pain, anxiety, and depression, while improving sleep quality. The list of benefits make craniosacral therapy worth a try. To experience this treatment for yourself, you will need to search out practitioners in your area, and schedule an appointment with them for treatment.